Rich Hill’s Curveball + the Nastiest GIFs from Friday’s Games

Check out Friday's best pitches, including offerings from Stephen Strasburg and Noah Syndergaard.

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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Rich Hill’s Curveball – It’s a beautiful thing when Hill gets in front of a straight-away camera angle, since the feed from Dodger Stadium doesn’t always convey just how good his hook is. Regardless of our view at Miller Park, Milwaukee’s Lorenzo Cain nearly ended up on his backside as he swung over the top of this cartoonish curve.

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Trevor Bauer’s Slider – Despite picking up 7 K’s and 15 whiffs, Bauer only lasted four innings against the Rangers. Still, he punched Rougned Odor’s ticket with this inside filth in the bottom of the third.

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Noah Syndergaard’s Two-Seamer – Thor brought his usual fire and bite in the early innings at Yankee Stadium on Friday, chucking this 98 mph heat with tail to get Greg Bird swinging. It’s been good to have him back.

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Stephen Strasburg’s Curveball – The Nats’ right-hander yoinked Atlanta’s Ender Inciarte with this curve as it fell from a great height to induce this swinging strike. However, Stras struggled in his return from the DL with six earned runs allowed.

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Anibal Sanchez’s Splitter – His FIP may be pushing four, but Sanchez (and his 2.76 ERA) kept rolling while striking out eight Nationals and inducing 14 whiffs. Above, he made Adam Eaton kneel with this diving off-speed pitch for the first-inning swing-and-miss.

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Matt Barnes‘ Curveball – The Red Sox reliever brought his best stuff to Comerica on Friday as he toyed with Niko Goodrum with his filthy curve. Barnes picked up five whiffs on 12 hooks thrown on his way to three K’s in 23 pitches.

GIF of the Night

Which was your favorite pitch? Vote below, and the winner will be featured in the GIF of the Second Half Contest.

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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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