Max Scherzer’s Changeup + the Nastiest GIFs from Monday’s Games

The seven nastiest pitches from yesterday's games, including Max Scherzer's changeup and Jordan Hicks' slider.

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 Second 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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Max Scherzer’s changeup – Mad Max is basically a god and he looked like one yet again yesterday, giving up three runs over seven innings with 11 strikeouts, including this beautiful, perfectly-placed changeup.

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Jordan Hicks‘ slider – Normally when we feature Hicks, it’s his 100+ MPH fastball we’re showing you, but today it’s this filthy slider he threw to Andrew Stevenson with a dope strikeout pose at the end. Hicks was excellent yesterday, as usual, pitching a shutout inning with two strikeouts and earning a hold.

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Touki Toussaint’s curveball – It was so good to see Touki out there on the mound again after his excellent debut against the Miami Marlins a few weeks ago. He looked solid, giving up three runs over 4.2 innings and logging six strikeouts, including this nice curveball to get Mookie Betts.

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Jose Castillo’s slider – Castillo came in to earn himself a hold yesterday against the Arizona Diamondbacks and pitched well, throwing 1.2 innings of shutout ball with just one strikeout—this nasty slider that absolutely dismantled Christian Walker.

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Lou Trivino’s curveball – Trivino pitched a perfect inning yesterday to earn yet another hold, striking out the side. Here he throws a filthy curveball with tons of drop to get Miguel Andujar.

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Jose Urena’s fastball – Urena looked excellent against the Philadelphia Phillies yesterday, throwing seven innings of one-run ball and striking out seven. With a fastball like this at 97 MPH with that kind of movement, it’s no wonder.

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Justin Anderson’s slider – Anderson didn’t have to pitch much to earn a hold yesterday, pitching in just a third of an inning, but he looked good here with his one strikeout on a nasty slider to Ronald Guzman.

GIF of the Night

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Ben Palmer

Senior columnist at Pitcher List. Lifelong Orioles fan, also a Ravens/Wizards/Terps fan. I also listen to way too much music, watch way too many movies, and collect way too many records.

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