Every morning we review the five best pitches from the previous day’s games 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 Week”. 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.
Jeurys Familia’s Splitter – The Mets continued their march to the playoffs and Familia has been the rock they haven’t had for years at the end of their bullpen. He shut down Bryce Harper Monday for the second out of the ninth with a Splitter that registered 95.82 MPH according to Brooks Baseball. Nuts. (Thanks to @dan_morrissey and Reddit user kars4kidz for the tip!)
Yordano Ventura’s Curveball – Speaking of throwing secondary pitches at absurd speeds, Ventura throws the hardest Curveball in the majors and a week after hitting 89.97 MPH, he now tossed this heavy hook at 89.83 MPH. It just isn’t fair, and Aaron Hicks doesn’t even come close to making contact.
Chris Sale’s Fastball – It can be tough to see the movement on Sale’s Fastball given the camera angle, but watching Francisco Lindor’s reaction to this inside 96 MPH Fastball on the black should do the trick.
Trevor Bauer’s Curveball – Bauer only throws this pitch 11.4% of the time, but he mixes it so effectively that it has accumulated 1.7 Runs Above Average for the season. Here a big Curveball earned him a strikeout against Melky Cabrera.
Jeff Locke’s Curveball – These roundups aren’t commonplace for Locke, but he threw this nice back-foot deuce to Brandon Phillips yesterday afternoon that deserved a spot in the roundup. Great horizontal movement as it falls under Phillips’ hands for the K.
GIF Of The Night
Which was your favorite pitch? Vote below and the winner will be featured in this weekend’s “GIF of the Week” contest.