The Nastiest Pitching GIFs of the Third Quarter 2018 – FINAL ROUND

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 and Second Quarter tournaments, and it’s time to crown another king of pitching GIFs with the Nastiest Pitching GIF of the Third Quarter. Sixteen pitches will enter, who will win?

Check out the results from Round 1Round 2, and Round 3.

Here are the rules:

  • All GIFs were pulled from the six GIF of the Week competitions across weeks 13 and 18 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 was one instance of a pitcher having two eligible pitches of the same type (Jakob Junis’ slider) and we held a vote on Twitter to determine the pitch’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 were the results from Round #3:


#3 Blake Treinen’s Fastball defeated #1 Masahiro Tanaka’s Fastball

Secondary Pitches

#3 Blake Treinen’s Slider defeated  #1 Chris Sale’s Slider

Here’s the bracket for the Final Round:

Vote Below!


Blake Treinen’s Fastball vs. Blake Treinen’s Slider

Of course it came down to this. The people wanted a Blake vs. Blake final – we’ve thrown around the idea of an all Treinen GIF tournament – and it’s what the people got. Which pitch from “The Witch” is nastier? Is it his high octane fastball with absurd late movement or is it his slider that drops like an anvil at a harsh 89mph? You decide.


Which was the better pitch? Vote to decide which pitch advances to the next round!

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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