The Nastiest Pitching GIFs of the Second Quarter 2018

We’ve seen incredible pitches across the baseball season, and you’ve been voting every day for your favorite pitches. We held the Nastiest Pitching GIFs of the First Quarter tournament eight weeks ago, and it’s time to crown another king of pitching GIFs with the Nastiest Pitching GIF of the Second Quarter. Sixteen pitches will enter, who will win?

Here are the rules:

  • All GIFs were pulled from the six GIF of the Week competitions across weeks seven through twelve of the baseball season.
  • Every winner was granted an automatic bid, with the extra slots being hand selected by the staff across all Nastiest Pitches articles.
  • There were two instances of a pitcher having two eligible pitches of the same type (Blake Treinen and Lance McCullers) and we held a vote inside our Pitcher List Community Discord Server to determine each pitcher’s champion for the tournament.
  • Votes will last until 12:00am EST the following morning, with the next round starting at 9:00am every morning and final round beginning on Monday morning.
  • The excellent Michael Haas has created a gorgeous bracket of all 16 pitches, with secondary pitches and fastballs each receiving #1-#8 seeds.

Here are the matchups for Round #1:


Blake Treinen’s Fastball vs. Lance McCullers’ Fastball
Noah Syndergaard’s Fastball vs. Nick Pivetta’s Fastball
Jordan Hicks’ Fastball vs. Fernando Rodney’s Fastball
Tanner Roark’s Fastball vs. James Paxton’s Fastball

Secondary Pitches

Chris Sale’s Slider vs. Yu Darvish’s Slider
Jonathan Loaisiga’s Changeup vs. Steven Wright’s Knuckleball
Trevor Bauer’s Slider vs. Mike Foltynewicz’s Slider
Craig Kimbrel’s Curveball vs. David Robertson’s Curveball

Nick Pollack

Founder of Rotographs and Washington Post contributor and has worked with CBS Sports, Grantland, and SB Nation. Former pitching coach and Brandeis alum.


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