Touki Toussaint’s Curveball + The Nastiest Pitches from Friday’s Games

Check out the best pitches from four games of Division Series action, including offerings from Clayton Kershaw, Chris Sale and Corey Knebel.

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 Playoffs 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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Touki Toussaint’s Curveball – The rookie continued to look impressive while dropping his nasty hook on the postseason stage against some of the best hitters in baseball. (Ahem, Manny Machado). Here, Cody Bellinger went whiffing to help Touki along in his two innings of shutout relief.

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Chris Sale’s Slider – Sale picked up eight K’s in 5.1 innings on the strength of his signature breaker and an effective changeup. The Boston ace had Gary Sanchez’s number here as he took aim at the catcher’s back foot for the whiff.

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Corey Knebel’s Curveball – Evel Knebel was in full form against the Rockies, striking out two in one inning behind his high-90s heat and nasty hook. Above, he got to Trevor Story for the sixth-inning swinging strike.

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Brandon Workman’s Curveball – New York had Boston on the ropes in the sixth inning of Game 1 as it had knocked Sale out and put two across the plate in the frame. The Red Sox bullpen did its best to give the home fans a heart attack, but Workman came up huge with this breaker to take out Gleyber Torres and end the threat.

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Ryan Pressly’s Curveball – The Astros reliever struck out two in his 1.2 innings during Houston’s 7-2 win over the Indians. Here, he left Josh Donaldson waving before he handed the reins to Lance McCullers Jr./strong>.

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Clayton Kershaw’s Curveball – Kershaw froze Nick Markakis to end the first inning against the Braves on his way to eight shutout innings. Any perceived Game 1 snub seems like a distant memory for the three-time Cy Young Award winner.

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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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