Every week we review the nastiest pitches from the previous week in glorious HD GIFs. Don’t forget to vote for your favorite pitch and check back Saturday to see if it will be in contention for the GIF of the First Half Contest. Week 12’s winner was Chaz Roe’s Slider.
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This week’s pitches include a couple hitters who may want to look into improving their balance before another nasty pitch puts them on the ground. Check back next Saturday to see which GIF our readers picked as the nastiest pitch of the week.
Jimmy Yacabonis‘ Fastball – It’s a fastball party here at Nastiest Pitches, and even starters off the Orioles scrap heap are getting invites. Yacabonis has had a very hard time finding his command in the show, but flashed some nice potential with a solid outing on Thursday. His two-seamer has a lot of life to it, here getting a crucial strike three with a ton of late run.
Mike Minor’s Curveball – Minor was absolutely dealing yesterday, taking a perfect game into the seventh inning and ultimately striking out five batters, including this curveball that sent Freddy Galvis‘ bat flying.
James Paxton’s Curveball – Did someone drop some black ice under Manny Machado’s feet? The poor guy was absolutely mystified by this Paxton curveball on Tuesday. Big Maple struck out 10 in seven excellent innings of work against the Orioles.
Blake Treinen’s Fastball – Treinen came into a save situation in yesterday’s game and promptly started things off with this ridiculous 100 MPH sinker low and away. He ended up logging his 17th save, and with a sinker like that, how could he not?
Jose Berrios’ Curveball – The Twins starter struck out 12 Rangers in seven shutout innings on his way to 18 whiffs Sunday. Not only did he give the hook to first baseman Ronald Guzman above, but he also had Adrian Beltre auditioning for Dancing with the Stars with his trademark pitch.
Danny Duffy’s Fastball – The Royals starter brought the movement on this fastball and made one of the game’s best players, Houston’s Carlos Correa, look feeble in the bottom of the fourth. Though he only grabbed two whiffs with his two-seamer, the Royals starter picked up a respectable 13 swings and misses overall on his way to seven K’s.
Which was your favorite pitch? Vote below and the winner will be featured in the GIF of the First Half Contest.