Mike Foltynewicz’s Fastball + the Nastiest GIFs from Friday’s Games

Check out Friday's best pitches, including offerings from Corey Knebel, Adam Wainwright and Collin McHugh.

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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Mike Foltynewicz’s Two-Seamer – Folty rocked the Phillies with 17 whiffs and nine K’s in five innings, finishing his season on an ace-like note. He also caught Cesar Hernandez napping, catching the inside corner with this 98 mph fastball.

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Corey Knebel’s Curveball – Knebel left James McCann in the freezer with this seventh-inning hook, as the reliever struck out the side. Oh by the way: That makes 14 straight scoreless September appearances (13.1 innings) for Knebel.

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Adam Wainwright’s Curveball – Wainwright resurrected his hook Friday to induce 10 swinging strikes from the Cubs on the pitch—and four of those came from Javy Baez. The MVP candidate took a knee on this majestic fifth-inning whiff as part of that number.

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Collin McHugh’s Slider – The Astros reliever had the juice here, as Austin Wynns couldn’t quite reach this breaker that just kept going. McHugh picked up his 12th hold by striking out two in his one inning.

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David Hess‘ Curveball – Hess held the Astros to one run in seven frames, and he got the drop on Marwin Gonzalez here for the fourth-inning whiff.

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Jerad Eickhoff’s Curveball – Though Eickhoff gave up two runs in just 3.1 innings, he struck out eight batters in that span. Ronald Acuna Jr. counted himself among them after this tear-dropping hook put him on a knee.

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Jordan Hicks‘ Sinker – Hicks gave up runs for the third time in his last four outings (this time a wretched three in 0.2 innings), but, hey, he still throws 100 mph with filthy movement even when he isn’t getting outs. He stopped Baez cold with this eighth-inning fastball.

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Chad Sobotka’s Slider – The Braves reliever dropped a couple of impressive sliders Friday, including this one to tie up Philadelphia’s Roman Quinn. Sobotka struck out two in his lone inning.


GIF of the Night

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Jason Dunbar

Jason has been a contributor at various places such as the Boston Globe and the Hardball Times and is an editor at Bleacher Report.

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