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 and check back this weekend to see if it will be in contention for the GIF of the First Half Contest. Did we miss your favorite pitch? Send us a tweet next time @ThePitcherList and we’ll GIF it up + give you a shoutout here in the article.
Yu Darvish’s Curveball – We wanted to see a little more dominance from Darvish as he faced the weak Padres offense, but we still got some filthy pitches from the Texas ace, like this 74mph Curveball that fell from the sky to fall elegantly into the glove for a called strike three.
Chris Devenski’s Fastball – Devenski has been the darling of the sabermetric crowd to start the season for his unusual role as a multi-inning reliever with ridiculous stuff. Here he spots a Fastball perfectly to get new Brave Danny Santana swinging meekly. The pitch looks straight, but astute watchers will notice the slight movement that may have thrown Santana off.
Chris Devenski’s Changeup – It’s double dipping this week with Devenski as he’s been straight up nasty. His Changeup is the K maker as it looks like a Fastball out of he hand then has a huge drop before reaching the plate. This pitch to Gary Sanchez was part of a key hold last night against the Yankees.(Thanks to Redditor rices4212 for the tip!)
Brad Hand’s Sliders – Hand came in to clean up Cahill’s mess and got the job done. His first batter was Joey Gallo, who didn’t take the bat off his shoulders, while flinching on three straight Sliders that all bent back over the plate for called strikes. Yes, those are three different pitches in that GIF. (Thanks to @MaxEPo for the tip!)
Alec Asher’s Fastball – Despite allowing a longball to Michael Taylor in the following at-bat, Asher impressed with a beautiful heater during his relief appearance Wednesday night. Matt Wieters left the box stunned after this 93mph Fastball ran back over the inside corner for strike three. (Thanks to Redditor Rockonfreakybro for the tip!)
Max Scherzer’s Changeup – Scherzer was dominant against last night using the differing movements of his three pitch arsenal to keep the Orioles quiet until a late breakout. Here Scherzer uses a downward driving Changeup to retire Trey Mancini for one of his 11 Ks. (Thanks to Redditor efitz11 for the tip!)
Kevin Gausman’s Splitter – Gausman had his best game of the season against the Nationals’ strong offense, fanning eight batters in seven frames. His first came against slugger Bryce Harper with his signature Splitter that elegantly fell along the outside corner and off the plate.
Lance McCullers’ Changeup – McCullers cruised through the Los Angeles lineup this weekend, with just four baserunners to his name across seven frames. His Changeup looked beautiful and got Ben Revere fishing on this pitch that never stopped diving off the plate.
GIF Of The Week
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McCullers…due to be bestowed with the heralded “AGA” title soon? His stuff is just sick, and consistently so.
It seems like he’s a better pitcher than the 20th ranked guy in the league. Not to criticize your rankings, because (as I’ve said before), you guys are the quickest to recognize a guy’s permanent-looking improvements…but I’m not sure I’d immediately take an Arrieta for McCullers offer anymore.
Interested to see where he sits tomorrow…and I”m glad I’m not trying to rank the top 20 pitchers this week. Some tough calls in there.