The Nastiest 16 Pitches GIFs of August 2019—Finals

We've gathered the 16 nastiest pitching GIFs from this past August. Which one was the best?

This August was a big one for pitchers. Aaron Sanchez tossed six frames in a combined no-no in his first start for Houston, Gerrit Cole and Chris Sale kept up their ludicrous strikeout rates, and other pitchers are starting to come to full form. Most importantly, some absurd GIFs emerged in August. So ridiculous that the list of honorable mentions from this month probably would have made most other tournaments in the past. Now it’s time to crown the best pitching GIF of them all from August 2019.

The best 16 have been pulled aside and ranked. On Tuesday, that number, was halved and brought us down to eight. Wednesday, the field was whittled down to our final four. Yesterday, we set up our final matchup. Now it’s on you, the voter, to decide which stands above the rest.

Here are the rules:

  • All GIFs were pulled from August 2019.
  • You can only vote on a matchup once, so make sure you pick the one you absolutely want.
  • Voting will continue until 12:00 a.m. EDT the following morning. This is the final round.



Here are the results for Round 1:


American Bracket


1. Chaz Roe’s Slider defeated 8. Zack Wheeler’s Changeup
2. Charlie Morton’s Curveball defeated 7. Adrian Houser’s Two-Seamer
3. Hyun-Jin Ryu’s Curveball defeated 6. Yu Darvish’s Curveball
5. Chris Sale’s Slider defeated 4. Dustin May’s Sinker


National Bracket


 1. Walker Buehler’s Curveball defeated 8. Brendan McKay’s Curveball
7. Stephen Strasburg’s Curveball defeated 2. Gerrit Cole’s Curveball  
6. Sonny Gray’s Slider defeated 3. Trevor Bauer’s Two-Seamer  
5. Joe Ross‘ Sinker defeated 4. Kirby Yates‘ Splitter


And here are the Round 2 results:


American Bracket


1. Chaz Roe’s Slider defeated 5. Chris Sale’s Slider
3. Hyun-Jin Ryu’s Curveball defeated 2. Charlie Morton’s Curveball


National Bracket


5. Joe Ross‘ Sinker defeated 1. Walker Buehler’s Curveball 
6. Sonny Gray’s Slider defeated 7. Stephen Strasburg’s Curveball 


Here are the semifinal results:


American Bracket


1. Chaz Roe’s Slider defeated 3. Hyun-Jin Ryu’s Curveball


National Bracket


5. Joe Ross‘ Sinker defeated 6. Sonny Gray’s Slider


And the final matchup:


1. Chaz Roe’s Slider vs. 5. Joe Ross‘ Sinker


Watch the GIFs in the Links Below!


Featured image by Justin Paradis (@freshmeatcomm on Twitter)


Chaz Roe’s Slider vs. Joe Ross‘ Sinker


It all comes down to this. Our final matchup pits our underdog Joe Ross against the heavy favorite of our tournament (and seemingly every tournament) Chaz RoeRoe’s slider has been at or near the top of almost all the tournaments we host here, and for good reason. His pitch is one of the nastiest in the game, and it’s Roe’s best offering by a mile. But if there’s one guy who can beat him, it’s Joe Ross. Ross’ sinker has easily defeated every pitch it has gone up against, but he has yet to encounter an opponent like Roe. If Ross can complete the upset, it will be a testament to the nastiness of this sinker that runs in on Aristides AquinoSo can Ross complete the upset? Or will Roe take the top spot as the nastiest pitch of August?




Which was the better pitch? Vote to decide which pitch advances to the next round!


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Donny Moskovits

Donny currently studies Financial Mathematics at Baruch College. He writes nastiest pitches articles here at Pitcher List, and is a die hard Mets fan whose optimism can only be described as unbridled.

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