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 7’s winner was Chaz Roe’s Slider.
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This week’s pitches include a bunch of high powered Fastballs including three with ridiculously sharp movement from Blake Treinen. Zack Greinke’s Curveball is quite the contrast to the high-velocity Fastballs this week. Pick one pitch and check back next Saturday to see which pitch carried the week.
Blake Treinen’s Fastball #1- 99 with movement that late is unfair. This pitch breaks in on poor Mike Zunino, with most of the movement in the last few feet. A truly unhittable pitch from Treinen.
Brandon Morrow’s Fastball – 99 MPH PAINT. That’s how you notch the first out of the 9th inning. Morrow struck out 2 in the 9th and lowered his ERA to 1.06 this year.
Blake Treinen’s Fastball #2- Location, location, location. While pitchers can often get away with 97 mile per hour two-seamers wherever the heck they want, Treinen’s pitch to Dan Vogelbach last night just so happened to catch the low and outside corner perfectly. That’s just gravy.
Zack Greinke’s Curveball – Greinke throws some beautiful curves. This slow 69 MPH piece of magic is the kind of pitch that causes you to land on the DL with an oblique.
Jordan Hicks’ Fastball – St. Louis’ staff was showing off all sorts of nasty action Sunday, as rookie starter Jack Flaherty struck out 13. But Hicks was gassing stuff of a different sort, and even though the reliever seemed to have no idea where this fastball was going, we’d be remiss not to mention a heater that traveled 105 mph with deadly tail. Philadelphia’s Odubel Herrera can count himself lucky he doesn’t bat from the right side. Good. Lord.
Blake Treinen’s Fastball #3 – Treinen cares not for the puny mortal baubles you call wooden bats. (Cue guttural evil laughter.) They are but twigs in the face of his celestial flight. Put more simply: The A’s closer took out Toronto’s Kevin Pillar on this vicious offering on his way to his ninth save.
GIF Of The Week
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