The Nastiest Pitching GIFs of the Third 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 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?

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 are the matchups for Round #1:


#1 Masahiro Tanaka’s Fastball vs. #8 Corey Kluber’s Fastball
#2 Jordan Hicks’ Fastball vs. #7 Jeremy Jeffress’ Fastball
#3 Blake Treinen’s Fastball vs. #3 Aaron Nola’s Fastball
#4 Dylan Floro’s Fastball vs. #5 Chris Sale’s Fastball

Secondary Pitches

#1 Chris Sale’s Slider vs. #8 Max Scherzer’s Changeup
#2 Jakob Junis’ Slider vs. #7 Steve Cishek’s Slider
#3 Blake Treinen’s Slider vs. #6 Trevor Bauer’s Curveball
#4 Miles Mikolas’ Curveball vs. #5 Chris Archer’s Slider

Watch The GIFs In The Links Below!

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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