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 First 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.
Tyler Glasnow‘s Curveball
Tyler Glasnow has helped his team get off to a quick start with a lightning heater and a nasty curveball as his main weapons. On Sunday, the latter of the two allowed him to easily take down the Red Sox while allowing only two earned runs over six innings. Above is the best offering of Glasnow’s filthy breaking ball, which caught Jackie Bradley Jr. frozen at the plate.
Chris Bassitt‘s Curveball
Chris Bassitt threw an absolute gem on Sunday, and it was all thanks to his ability to get strikeout after strikeout, racking up nine in total. Perhaps the most impressive of all of his stikeouts came in the first inning with a pitch that started at Randal Grichuk‘s neck and landed at his knees. Yikes.
Reynaldo Lopez‘s Fastball
Reynaldo Lopez had himself a day! Lopez’s fastball was utilized on nearly every one of his 14(!) strikeouts he notched today. However, none were prettier than this 98 mph heater to strike out the side in the third against the Tigers.
Rich Hill‘s Curveball
Rich Hill hit a rough patch early on in his return to the mound today. He allowed five runs in the first two innings (albeit only one was earned), however, he regained his composure and ended up striking out six over six innings, with this 66 mph curve helping him put a K next to Josh Bell‘s name on the scorecard.
Joakim Soria‘s Curveball
So far this season, Joakim Soria seems to be far from the coveted bullpen arm he usually is. That doesn’t mean that he won’t still offer some nasty curves every once in a while, such as this pitch that made Freddy Galvis seem just plain foolish.
GIF of the Night
Which was your favorite pitch? Vote below, and the winner will be featured in the GIF of the First Quarter Contest.