The Nastiest 32 Pitching GIFs of 2018

Jordan Hicks brought the gas all season long, but the movement he gets on that thing is just as insane. Triple-digit pitches are supposed to be straight, not move like a Pedro Martinez changeup. Forget anyone hitting these pitches, Yadier Molina catching them is astonishing in itself. His top heater of the year faces a cruel Justin Verlander hook. It’s cruel because it came against a 111-loss Orioles team. Their year was hard enough, they don’t need guys throwing the baseball like it’s a whiffle ball up there. They probably didn’t complain to MLB about it though, they know it only would’ve brought forth the wrath of Kate Upton—and that never ends well for anyone.

Jordan Hicks’ Fastball vs. Justin Verlander’s Curveball

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Nick Friar

Nick pitched at Northwestern University from 2011-14. He firmly believes the answer to every count and situation is a changeup — probably because he only topped out at 91. Nick runs the GIF Tournaments at Pitcher List. If you see a pitch that deserves recognition, let him know on Twitter @Nick_Friar. Maybe give him a follow, too? Or not. Actually, "not" might be the right answer here.

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