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 18’s winner was Masahiro Tanaka’s Fastball Tanaka is a fresh face leading last week’s pitches.
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This week’s pitches include a couple wicked Sliders, a couple fastballs with crazy horizontal movement, and a ridiculous Changeup from a recent call-up. Check back next Saturday to see which GIF our readers picked as the nastiest pitch of the week.
Victor Alcantara’s Splitter – Woof. The Tigers got pummeled on Thursday, but at least fans can revel in this nasty 93 mile per hour splitter that runs way off the plate from rookie reliever Victor Alcantara.
Carlos Rodon’s Slider – A mere walk in this outing from Rodon is good to see. Rodon pitched eight innings in this one against the Tigers giving up three runs with six strikeouts. This is the first time since June 30 that Rodon has given up more than two earned runs in an outing, and we can all dig that. Use this slide piece to keep cruisin’, my guy.
Rick Porcello’s Fastball – Pivetta may have looked good on Tuesday, but Porcello was better. He fanned 10 in a masterful seven innings of work for Boston. Here he willed his two-seamer over the plate and away from the mystified Asdrubal Cabrera.
Blake Treinen’s Slider – The master was at it again yesterday. One of the most GIF-able pitchers ever, Treinen came into the game yesterday and was amazing yet again, striking out three and not giving up a single run. Here, his magical slider claimed Cameron Maybin as another victim.
Noah Syndergaard’s Fastball – Not to be outdone, the Norse God of GIFs tore the Marlins to shreds with his darting sinker. Just check out this borderline-unethical fastball that catches to corner at 99 mph and leaves Miguel Rojas grumbling to the ump.
Jacob Nix’s Changeup – Rhys Hoskins seemed averse to staying upright as Nix got the Phillies first baseman whiffing on this fifth-inning dive-bomber.
Which was your favorite pitch? Vote below and the winner may be featured in the GIF of the Third Quarter Contest.