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 13’s winner was Blake Treinen’s Fastball.
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This week’s pitches are a nice mix of pitches with two different offerings from “The Wizard” Blake Treinen. Check back next Saturday to see which GIF our readers picked as the nastiest pitch of the week.
Max Fried’s Curveball – Fried got, well, fried by the Brewers on Thursday, giving up four runs in just three innings of work. His curveball was still a thing of beauty however, here looping down into the inside corner and getting a big whiff from Ryan Braun.
Blake Treinen’s Slider – It’s gotten to the point where you could probably pick any one of Treinen’s pitches with a blindfold on and it would deserve consideration on this list. Here we went with his trademark 90 mile per hour slider that appears to fall from the sky. Good luck hitting that.
Steve Cishek’s Slider – Cishek has had an excellent year in the Cubs bullpen, pitching to a 1.89 ERA with a stellar 9.71 K/9. He uses his submarine arm action to bend this slider right into poor Niko Goodrum‘s back foot, where he has no chance of making contact.
Max Scherzer’s changeup – One of the hardest parts of putting these articles together is picking which Max Scherzer pitch I like best. There were about five different ones I could’ve chosen, but I loved this changeup with its wicked movement—just one of Scherzer’s nine strikeouts yesterday.
Jake Petricka’s Fastball – The arm-side run on this 94 mph fastball was something to behold, as the Blue Jays reliever caught Tigers first baseman John Hicks whiffin’ during mop-up duty.
Blake Treinen’s Fastball – Cleveland’s Yonder Alonso didn’t like the call much, but that doesn’t take away from the nastiest that was Treinen’s fastball. The A’s closer then punched him out on the next pitch with a devastating slider.
Which was your favorite pitch? Vote below and the winner will be featured in the GIF of the First Half Contest.