Anibal Sanchez’s Changeup + The Nastiest Pitching GIFs From Saturday’s Games

Check out the nine nastiest pitches from Saturday's games.

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.

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Anibal Sanchez’s Changeup – Sanchez broke out this nasty slo-mo pitch against Yasmani Grandal in the 5th inning. This changeup rung up at 65.8 MPH on the radar gun and rung up Grandal in the process.

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Craig Kimbrel’s Curveball – Kimbrel can bring the heat, but he also has a brutal knuckle curve like this on he threw against Daniel Palka.  8 of his 15 pitches in this save were actually curveballs.

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Steve Cishek’s Fastball – As if his sidearm motion isn’t enough, Cishek’s 2 seamer here is just not hittable.  Starts out in the zone and runs in Jordy Mercer with some nasty action.

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Tyler Skaggs‘ Curveball – Skaggs has a nice sweeping curveball and he rings up Brian Dozier with this beauty to end the 5th.  This pitch was key to his 8 Ks over 7 innings agains the Twins.

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Kevin Gausman’s Splitter – Gausman had a nice outing against the Blue Jays and threw this bottom dropping splitter to the tune of a 23% whiff rate over 6.2 innings.

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Jon Lester’s Cutter – Seriously, the movement on this cutter is insane.  This pitch ends up in the other batters box.  Good night Polanco but don’t worry – no one else is hitting this pitch either.

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Tyson Ross‘ Slider – I got a riddle for you:  Who takes a knee to a Tyson Ross strike 3 slider?  Yeah, this pitch is unfair against lefties and that’s why Ross throws it.  JT Riddle goes down as most lefties would here on this one.

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Roenis Elias’ Curveball – You spin me right round, baby right round, like a strikeout baby.  Is this pitch mean?  A little.  It sure made Joey Wendle look pretty foolish.

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Kyle Gibson’s Fastball – Did someone leave the backdoor open?  Justin Upton is always good for some strikeouts and this Gibson 94 MPH back door fastball was the perfect pitch to ring him up.


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Jessica DeLine

Jessica has about 10 years experience playing (7 with the boys when young and 3 with adult women) baseball. She is from Minnesota but now lives in San Diego. Aside from writing for PitcherList, she is also Editor in Chief at Halos Heaven.

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