The Nastiest Pitching GIFs of the Fourth Quarter 2018

There were some ridiculous pitches throughout the baseball season, and you’ve been voting every day for your favorite pitches. We held the Nastiest Pitching GIFs of the First Quarter, Second Quarter, and Third Quarter tournaments and it’s time to crown another king of pitching GIFs with the Nastiest Pitching GIF of the Fourth Quarter. Sixteen pitches will enter, who will win?

Here are the rules:

  • All GIFs were pulled from the GIF of the Week competitions across weeks 19-24 to end the regular season plus the four weeks of the Postseason.
  • Every winner was granted an automatic bid, with the extra slots being hand selected by the staff across all Nastiest Pitches articles.
  • Votes will last until 12:00 a.m. EST the following morning, with the next round starting at 9:00 a.m. every morning and final round beginning on Monday morning.
  • The excellent Justin Paradis has created a gorgeous bracket of all 16 pitches, with secondary pitches and fastballs broken up into two brackets, with #1-8 seeds.

Here are the matchups for Round #1:

 

American Bracket

#1 Aaron Nola’s Fastball vs. #8 Alex Cobb’s Splitter
#2 Jordan Hicks’ Fastball vs. #7 Nathan Eovaldi’ Cutter
#3 Zach Britton’s Fastball vs. #6 Rick Porcello’s Fastball
#4 Michael Kopech’s Changeup vs. #5 Dallas Keuchel’s Changeup

National Bracket

#1 Chris Sale’s Slider vs. #8 Corey Knebel’s Curveball
#2 Dylan Maples’ Slider vs. #7 Aaron Nola’s Curveball
#3 Adam Ottavino’s Slider vs. #6 Taylor Rogers’ Curveball
#4 Chaz Roe’s Slider vs. #5 Blake Treinen’s Slider

Watch The GIFs In The Links Below!

Nick Friar

Nick pitched at Northwestern University from 2011-14. He firmly believes the answer to every count and situation is a changeup — probably because he only topped out at 91. Nick runs the GIF Tournaments at Pitcher List. If you see a pitch that deserves recognition, let him know on Twitter @Nick_Friar. Maybe give him a follow, too? Or not. Actually, "not" might be the right answer here.

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