Zack Greinke’s Curveball and the Nastiest Pitches from 6/24
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.
Zack Greinke’s Curveball
It would be fair to assume that Zack Greinke would start to decline as he reaches the halfway mark of his 16th major league season, but the lanky right-hander has continued to dominate, exiting Monday’s start with a sparkling 3.08 ERA. Fantasy owners have been waiting for Greinke to decline for a couple years now, but it’s looking like it’s time to put some respect on his name, and ride him until (if) the wheels fall off.
Steve Cishek’s Slider
From one long-time vet to another, Steve Cishek has also continued to pitch well in his tenth season, working to the tune of a 2.97 ERA. The righty reliever should make himself a pretty fat payday come years end.
Drew Pomeranz’s Curveball
I thought it would be a cold day in hell before Drew Pomeranz made this roundup, but lo and behold, it’s happened. The 30 year-old had himself a day and a half on Monday, striking out a season high 11 Rockies over 5 innings of work. However, even with just 2 ER allowed over those 5 IP, Pomeranz’s season ERA stands at a catastrophic 6.79, mercifully dipping below the 7.00 benchmark it was sitting at previously.
Touki Toussaint’s Splitter
The former high-ranking Braves prospect has had a tumultuous season thus far, with his ERA bouncing around between about 4.00 and 5.00, while posting solid strikeout numbers. It’s entirely possible the very young hurler can realize his high potential, but this season has not looked great for those prospects.
Brandon Workman’s Curveball
The Red Sox bullpen was an issue for them last year, but Brandon Workman has emerged as a potential star thus far this season, with his 1.75 ERA and 12.75 K/9. If he keeps throwing filthy benders like this one that froze Tim Anderson like Chris O’Donnell in Batman and Robin, the 30-year-old could make a strong case for the 2019 Mariano Rivera AL Reliever of the Year Award.
GIF of the Night
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