Trevor Bauer’s Curveball and the Nastiest Pitches From 5/31
Every morning, we review the nastiest pitches from the previous day’s games in glorious high-definition GIFs. Don’t forget to vote for your favorite pitch and check back this weekend to see if it will be in contention for the GIF of the Second Quarter Contest. Did we miss your favorite pitch? Send us a tweet next time @PitcherList, and we’ll GIF it up and give you a shoutout here in the article.
Trevor Bauer’s Curveball
Though Friday was his second straight quality start, Trevor Bauer still looked very mortal, scattering 9 hits and 6 runs against a mediocre White Sox offense. Despite having a tumultuous season thus far, Bauer definitely still looks every bit the superstar he is, such as with this gorgeous curveball to punch out Yoan Moncada.
Jose Alvarado’s Slider
I’m not entirely sure what’s more impressive here: the ridiculous movement on this Jose Alvarado slider, or the fact that he got a swing this ugly from Willians Astudillo. This was a solid bounce back from his last outing, where he allowed 4 base runners without recording an out.
Adam Ottavino’s Slider
This already nasty Adam Ottavino offering looks even crazier when observed side by side with the accompanying ridiculous fastball. Ottavino owns a 1.32 ERA after this outing against Boston.
Chris Sale’s Slider
After steadily pushing his ERA down from his awful start, Chris Sale‘s ERA jumped up to 4.35 after allowing 4 ER to the Yankees. Despite this, Chris Sale gave us a great number of highlights, most notably this back-foot slider to embarrass Gleyber Torres.
Derek Holland’s Slider
Derek Holland‘s atrocious early season may have lost him his spot in the rotation, but he did nicely for himself today operating out of the bullpen. He lowers his both his season and bullpen ERA to 6.75 with this outing against the Orioles.
Jose Berrios’ Curveball
Breaking News: Jose Berrios‘ curveball is still absolutely ridiculous. Florida hasn’t seen a crossover this nasty since Penny Hardaway took off for Phoenix. Berrios struck out 8 over 6 2/3 innings of work, his season ERA sitting now at 3.27.
Greg Holland’s Slider
After posting a 4.00 ERA over his last three seasons, its nice to see Greg Holland better resembling the historically spectacular reliever he was from 2011 to 2014. This Dom Smith strikeout was one of two on the night from him, as he lowered his season ERA to 1.45.
GIF of the Night
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