The Nastiest 32 Pitching GIFs of 2018 – FINAL ROUND

We've gathered the 32 nastiest pitching GIFs from the 2018 baseball season. Only two remain. It's time for you to decide on a champion. VOTE NOW!

There were some ridiculous pitches throughout the baseball season, and you’ve been voting every day for your favorite pitches. We held the Nastiest Pitching GIFs of the First Quarter, Second Quarter, Third Quarter and Fourth Quarter tournaments, now it’s time to crown season’s King of pitching GIFs with the Nastiest Pitching GIFs of 2018. Thirty-two pitches have a shot, but only one will win. (No ties, this isn’t soccer.)

Here are the rules:

  • All GIFs were pulled from the quarterly GIF tournaments from the season.
  • Votes will last until 12:00 a.m. EST the following morning. This is the Final Round.


Here are the results for Round #1:

American Bracket

Blake Treinen’s Fastball #1 defeated Blake Treinen’s Fastball #2
Blake Treinen’s Slider #1 defeated Blake Treinen’s Slider #2
Aroldis Chapman’s Fastball defeated Seth Lugo’s Fastball
Trevor Bauer’s Slider defeated Fernando Rodney’s Fastball
Adam Ottavino’s Slider #2 defeated Adam Ottavino’s Slider #1
Jordan Hicks‘ Fastball defeated Justin Verlander’s Curveball
David Robertson’s Curveball defeated Chris Archer’s Slider
Dylan Floro’s Fastball defeated Aaron Nola’s Fastball


National Bracket

Chris Sale’s Fastball defeated Steven Wright’s Knuckleball
Chris Sale’s Slider #1 defeated Chris Sale’s Slider #2
Dylan Maples’ Slider defeated Masahiro Tanaka’s Fastball
Jose Alvarado’s Fastball defeated Lance McCullers’ Fastball
Jose Berrios’ Curveball defeated Zach Britton’s Fastball
Miles Mikolas‘ Curveball defeated Jakob Junis‘ Slider
Chaz Roe’s Slider #1 defeated Chaz Roe’s Slider #2
Noah Syndergaard’s Fastball #2 defeated Noah Syndergaard’s Fastball #1


Here are the results for Round #2:

American Bracket

Blake Treinen’s Fastball #1 defeated Blake Treinen’s Slider #1
Aroldis Chapman’s Fastball defeated Trevor Bauer’s Slider
Adam Ottavino’s Slider #2 defeated Jordan Hicks‘ Fastball
Dylan Floro’s Fastball defeated David Robertson’s Curveball


National Bracket

Chris Sale’s Slider #1 defeated Chris Sale’s Fastball
Dylan Maples’ Slider defeated Jose Alvarado’s Fastball
Jose Berrios’ Curveball defeated Miles Mikolas‘ Curveball
Chaz Roe’s Slider #1 defeated Noah Syndergaard’s Fastball #2


Here are the results for Round #3:

American Bracket

Aroldis Chapman’s Fastball defeated Blake Treinen’s Fastball #1
Adam Ottavino’s Slider #2 defeated Dylan Floro’s Fastball


National Bracket

Chris Sale’s Slider #1 defeated Dylan Maples’ Slider
Jose Berrios’ Curveball defeated Chaz Roe’s Slider #1


Here are the results for Round #4:

American Bracket

Aroldis Chapman’s Fastball defeated Adam Ottavino’s Slider #2


National Bracket

Chris Sale’s Slider #1 defeated Jose Berrios’ Curveball

Here are the matchups for Round #4:

American Bracket

Aroldis Chapman’s Fastball 

National Bracket

Chris Sale’s Slider #1

Watch The GIFs In The Links Below!

After a fairly easy road leading up to the semi-finals, Aroldis Chapman’s fastball just barely eeked its way into the finals. Chapman had to get through three sliders to get her—and a freaky Seth Lugo fastball— what’s one more? (Funny, feels like a similar statement was made about another pitch in this tournament.) but in typical fashion, it’s Red Sox versus Yankees, with Chris Sale doing Chapman’s job, only better since it’s on the biggest stage and in the most important series and game. Ramifications of each pitch aside, these are two impossible pitches to hit, more so than any from 2018 making it even harder to decide who will be crowned the champ for 2018. Make sure you watch each 100 times before voting. But, of course, don’t overthink this or anything. it’s not like this will ruin Sale’s or Chapman’s Holiday Season—it’ll just have a major impact on their general self worth and, more importantly, future contract negotiations.

Chris Sale’s Slider #1 vs. Aroldis Chapman’s Fastball


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

Nick pitched at Northwestern University from 2011-14. He firmly believes the answer to every count and situation is a changeup — probably because he only topped out at 91. Nick runs the GIF Tournaments at Pitcher List. If you see a pitch that deserves recognition, let him know on Twitter @Nick_Friar. Maybe give him a follow, too? Or not. Actually, "not" might be the right answer here.

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