Every morning we review the nastiest pitches from the previous day’s games in glorious HD 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 Half Contest. Did we miss your favorite pitch? Send us a tweet next time @PitcherList and we’ll GIF it up + give you a shoutout here in the article.
Tyler Glasnow’s Curveball – Glasnow sports a spectacular 14/1 K/BB ratio in his two starts with TB, even though he’s only thrown seven innings. Here he used his curveball to mystify Mark Trumbo for one of his nine punchouts in four innings.
Max Scherzer’s Changeup – Max Scherzer brought Dansby Swanson straight to his knees with this devastating changeup, one of his six strikeouts on the day.
Zack Greinke’s Curveball – So Greinke has a 90 mile per hour fastball, an 87 mile per hour changeup, a hard slider and then this gigantic, loopy eephus pitch. Oh, and just for the heck of it he can vary his timing up on the mound as well. Probably why his ERA is just south of 3.00 on the year.
Jefry Rodriguez’s Fastball – Rodriguez tossed five solid innings for the Nationals in game one of their double-header. His heavy two-seamer ran way out of the zone here, away from the flailing bat of Ozzie Albies.
Felix Hernandez’s Curveball – Felix did not have a good start on Tuesday, giving up seven earned runs (11 total) with four walks and just two strikeouts. This could be the end of Felix’s career as a starter in Seattle, with many expecting Erasmo Ramirez to take his spot in the rotation going forward. If that’s the case, long live the King. Here’s a glimpse of his former glory days, a nasty bender off the plate for one of his two strikeouts.
Buck Farmer’s Changeup – Farmer has not had a ton of success this season, but his changeup has long been one of the better, more unheralded pitches in all of baseball. Here he gets a nice swing and a miss from Shohei Ohtani for strike three.
Craig Kimbrel’s Curveball – Kimbrel’s sharp curveball was placed perfectly on the inner half, getting a big swing over the top from Kendrys Morales for strike three.
GIF Of The Night
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Felix Hernandez’s other strikeout pitch (curveball) was better.
I disagree. Don’t get me wrong, I love everything about Felix and Beltre bantering. And Beltre put a real ugly swing on that pitch. But it hung up there pretty good and got a lot of the plate. I preferred this offering to Tocci.