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. 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.
Zach Britton’s Fastball – Britton is known for the crazy good movement on his Sinker but this one in particular to strike out Carlos Beltran was absurd. The ball traveled across the entire plate, nearly hitting Beltran’s hip as he earned the whiff.
Jose Berrios‘ Curveball – Berrios’ pitches were moving all over the place last night, perfectly exemplified by this sharp Curveball to perennial batting-champ contender Jose Altuve. This pitch was actually called a ball, leading to catcher John Ryan Murphy to get tossed arguing with the umpire. Regardless of the hook’s outcome, its filthiness should not be ignored. (Thanks to Redditor FlannelBeard for the tip!)
Kevin Siegrist’s Changeup – The camera was set up perfectly for us to get a look at Siegrist’s stuff and my-oh-my did his stuff look good. This Changeup to Darin Ruf was downright filthy as it faded away from the plate in a hurry.
Jose Quintana‘s Curveball – It was business as usual for Quintana as he allowed just one earned run across eight frames of work against the Red Sox. His best moment may have been this deadly Curveball to David Ortiz as he stunned the retiring slugger for strike three. (Thanks to @tbellaga for the tip!)
Colin Rea‘s Fastball – Rea had himself a game, going 6.2 innings of no-hit ball against the Mets. He had some excellent pitches to get him there, including this wicked Fastball that stunned Alejandro De Aza. (Thanks to Redditor crimsontideftw24 for the tip!)
Chris Sale‘s Slider – Speaking of pitches we feature here often, Sale’s Slider is back for another edition in the Roundup, but it’s a special occasion, marking the first batter who has struck out on a slider that hit him. Poor Mark Trumbo. (Thanks to brownmagician for the tip!)
Steven Wright‘s Knuckleball – Disclaimer: This pitch may have been fouled off by Todd Frazier, though the final call was a whiff on a luscious knuckleball that never seems to stop falling off the table.
A.J. Griffin‘s Curveball – The Blue Jays are never an easy matchup, but Griffin carved them up for nine strikeouts across just six innings of work on Monday evening. His slow Curveball was a thing of beauty across the night, especially when it staggered Troy Tulowitzki during this full count. (Thanks to Redditor SoundGuy4Life for the tip!)
GIF Of The Week
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