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 September Nastiest Pitches GIF Tournament. 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.
Walker Buehler’s Fastball
Walker Buehler was lights out last night, pitching seven shutout frames and striking out 11 batters. Buehler picked up his 13th win, and the Dodgers clinched yet another NL West title. As always, Buehler’s fastball was on display as it produced seven of his strikeouts, including this one that he blows by Renato Nunez.
Max Fried’s Curveball
It was an off night for Max Fried, who allowed five earned runs, which inflated his season ERA to above the 4.00 mark. Although this outing was a poor one by Fried’s standards, his curveball still looked as fine as ever. He was able to record 6/13 CSW on the pitch and even got a whiff out of Bryce Harper on this disgusting offering.
Jose Berrios’ Curveball
Jose Berrios didn’t allow a run against the Nationals last night. He pitched seven frames and only allowed three batters to reach base on two singles and a walk. You couldn’t have asked for much more from Berrios, except for maybe a few extra strikeouts. The Twins ace struck out only four Nats, including the lightning-fast Trea Turner, who fell victim to Berrios’ sweet curve.
Ryan Yarbrough’s Cutter
Rays starter Ryan Yarbrough provided his team with seven quality innings last night as he allowed three earned runs and struck out seven. The game remained tied at the end of the ninth, but the Rays would pull ahead to win it in the 11th. Here, Yarbrough can be seen recording his first strikeout of the game, a sharp cutter that runs in and jams Elvis Andrus.
Zac Gallen’s Changeup
It was a pitching duel between Zac and Zack in Flushing last night, as rookie Zac Gallen faced off against Zack Wheeler. Wheeler pulled out the win in this one, but Gallen held his own with nine strikeouts over six quality frames. The former Marlin turned Diamondback was even able to get a whiff out one of the league’s best hitters, Jeff McNeil, on this filthy changeup.
Trevor Bauer’s Cutter
After getting hammered for the past month, Trevor Bauer seemed more like himself again last night. The man who just last year was an AL Cy Young candidate was looking like anything but that for the past month, but last night, things were different. Bauer was pitching effectively, albeit against a weak Mariners lineup, allowing just two runs in six innings. He recorded seven strikeouts, and his nastiest pitch of the night was undoubtedly this cutter that causes Tom Murphy to lose his helmet.
GIF of the Night
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