The Nastiest 32 Pitching GIFs of 2018 – Semi-Finals

We've gathered the 32 nastiest pitching GIFs from the 2018 baseball season. It's down to 4 pitches! 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, with the next round starting at 9:00 a.m. every morning and final round beginning on Friday morning.


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 matchups for Round #4:

American Bracket

Aroldis Chapman’s Fastball vs. Adam Ottavino’s Slider #2


National Bracket

Chris Sale’s Slider #1 vs. Jose Berrios’ Curveball


Watch The GIFs In The Links Below!

You already know this Adam Ottavino slider made Michael A. Taylor look like an absolute pidgeon, but he this thing absolutely body-bagged Dylan Floro’s fastball in the Elite 8. Almost to the point where you think things were fixed because it was way to easy a matchup for that point in the tournament…Well, it’s not fixed, the majority just voted for Floro in the previous round and realized his fastball didn’t stand a chance. Anyways, Ottavino’s slider has already blown through a Jordan Hicks heater and now Floro’s, what’s one more? Quite frankly, one more would be asking a lot. Especially when it comes to beating this Aroldis Chapman fastball—which is already the best fastball GIF of 2018, due to it being the only one left standing.

Adam Ottavino’s Slider #2 vs. Aroldis Chapman’s Fastball


Which was the better pitch? Vote to decide which pitch advances to the next round!
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The backfoot slider versus the sweeping curveball. And, again, the big advantage Chris Sale has is when he threw the slider.  Not many time you get to live out your childhood dream, especially in that manner. But Jose Berrios‘ curveball has proven that even though it came in the middle of a meaningless game in the middle of the season that it’s among the best. And there’s kind of a lot of pressure on Berrios, since his curve is the only one left standing. Actually, Berrios’ curve is kind of like William Wallace, representing the common folk (only four curveballs in the tournament) against its overpowering neighbor/cousin-type, the slider (13 entries). Honestly, you could make a movie or a Netflix series out of this true underdog story.

Chris Sale’s Slider #1 vs. Jose Berrios’ Curveball


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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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