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 Fourth Quarter Contest. Week 22’s winner was Felipe Vazquez’s Slider. Vazquez is a fresh name at the top of list. His Slider moves sharply across the zone and off the plate for the swinging strike.
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This week’s GIFs are almost all Curveballs. Some drop from the sky, some move across the zone, and one is a HBP for a strike. Check back next Saturday to see which GIF our readers picked as the nastiest pitch of the week.
Seth Lugo’s Curveball – Lugo has continued his dominance out of the Mets bullpen, here tossing his heavy curveball in a perfect spot for strike three.
Blake Snell’s Curveball – Blake “Barely an All-Star” Snell threw six no-hit innings, before Jose Ramirez tagged him with a solo shot in the seventh. Snell lowered his ERA to 2.03 on the year while getting his nineteenth win of this season, and you can see here that the curveball was working.
Luis Castillo’s Changeup – Castillo struck out nine in 6.1 innings on Tuesday, continuing his hot second half to the season. Here he used his devastating changeup to fan Yasmani Grandal. Nasty.
Adam Wainwright’s Curveball – Waino’s first start since May didn’t go great, as he gave up four runs over five innings, but he did strike out three and showed that he’s still got a pretty curveball, even at 37-years-old.
Taylor Rogers’ Curveball – Wrecked. Hunter Dozier didn’t know whether to swing or take a seat on this breaker from the Twins reliever—so he did both. Rogers struck out all three batters he faced Sunday behind four whiffs on seven curves thrown.
Jose Berrios’ Curveball – Berrios fanned five Royals on Saturday, although he was overshadowed by his counterpart on the bump. Still, this curveball in on the hands of Brian Goodwin was downright nasty and deserves our attention.
Aaron Nola’s Curveball – Nola Day, Nola Day, Always bout that Nola Day…eight K’s and one walk over seven innings—and another night with an effective curve (18-of-37 CSW) from the Phillies ace. The bottom dropped out of this one, leaving the Mets’ Jose Reyes wondering what happened to the ball.
Which was your favorite pitch? Vote below and the winner may be featured in the GIF of the Fourth Quarter Contest.