Balls Gif Roundup

GIF Roundup 5/16-5/18: The Very Best Pitches From This Weekend’s Games

 

Every weekday we’ll featuring the very best pitches of last night’s games, and conducting a poll to crown the GIF of the Day.  Each winner will be featured on Saturday where you can vote for your favorite GIF of the Week. Contact us on Twitter and let us know which pitches you want us to GIF, and we’ll give you a shout-out on the site.

1.  Felix Hernandez’s Changeup - Felix has flexed his plus changeup often this season, and here’s a prime example to get Brian Dozier.  It’s incredible that he throws this near 90 MPH.

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SP In Review 5/16-5/18: Just Like He Drew It Up

 

It’s that time again!  “Oh God, what now.”  It’s that time when I throw stats at you and you sound all impressed.  Through his 54.0 IP this season, Drew Hutchison has a 9.11 K/9, 2.65 BB/9 and a 2.95 FIP.  Those are #2 starter worthy.  He realized those numbers with a 9.0 IP, 0 ER, 3 Hits, 1 BB, 6 Ks performance on Friday evening, out-dueling Yu Darvish.  While Hutchison may not consistently bring you the very best, for the price of what he’s going for right now (Free in 97% of ESPN Leagues!) it’s difficult to complain.  Pick him up, and while you are allowed to sit him for Boston if you like, he gets the Rays and Royals after that, which are solid bets.

Check out what else caught my eye this weekend in the world of Starting Pitching:

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Subjective Sunday: Top 8 Interleague Players

 

This week heralded somewhat-classic interleague–that is, when more of the league is doing it than just two teams at a time–means that it’s time to look at the best regular interleague players since the advent of the concept in the mid-1990s.  Unsurprisingly, we wind up at the following conclusion: players who are good overall are also good in the random sampling of games known as interleague.  Furthermore, AL pitchers tend to do well against the inferior hitting (though not always vice-versa).  It’s almost uninteresting.  This week’s list is a little bit silly; most of this stuff is fairly arbitrary, and I’ll be the first to admit that my reasoning isn’t always consistent (I place a premium on players who overperform their career numbers, except when I don’t!).  Still, though, it’s fun to look at this stuff–that’s why this column exists, after all.  Also, why only eight?  I could have pushed it to ten, but these particular players interested me for some reason.  If you are so concerned with numbers ending in a zero, look at the “honorable mentions” at the bottom to see who else would have made the cut.

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8. Jim Thome, 1B/DH: 833 PA / 1.023 OPS / 60 HR
Thome may only have 833 interleague plate appearances to his name, but the fact that, in that time, he managed to hit 60 home runs with an OBP of .419 guarantees him a spot in this conversation.  Sure, he struck out a lot (207 times!) but still managed to put up incredible power and on-base numbers while doing so.  Did you know that Thome’s career OPS was .956?  I sure didn’t, but I’m still impressed by the discrepancy between that and his 1.023 interleage OPS (third-highest all-time).  Sure, you could argue for any number of other players to be included on this list, but I was most pleasantly surprised by Thome’s appearance among the legendary names that might have otherwise qualified.

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Prospect Watch: 4 Players To Monitor In the Coming Weeks

 

This week we will take a peak at some fantasy relevant minor leaguers who could be on the verge of a call-up. There is one glaring omission on this list however: Gregory Polanco. Polanco is far and away the most fantasy relevant prospect currently and the Pirates are foolishly waiting for him to gain Super Two eligibility, so until then fantasy owners will have to search for help elsewhere.

Without further adieu here are some players that might help you in the coming days or weeks:

Trevor Bauer – SP Cleveland Indians: Probably the most deserving minor league pitcher of a call up, Bauer has dominated AAA hitters this year. Averaging almost a strikeout per inning and sporting a 2.15 ERA through seven starts, Bauer’s real step forward this year has been his reduced walk rate of 2.7/9 innings, compared to his minor league career average of 4.5/9. Control has always been Bauers nemesis, especially in the big leagues, but it seems he may have gotten these issues in check. If this is the case, Bauer could finally live up to his prospect hype and deliver serious value to fantasy owners.

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GIF of the Week 5/17 – Which of these 10 pitches was the Best Pitch of the Week?

 

You’ve been voting all week, and it’s time to crown the best Gif of the first week of baseball.  Voting is open all weekend long, and will be featured on Monday’s Gif Roundup.  Who is going to take the crown?

1. Yordano Ventura’s Changeup - Ventura’s 97 MPH fastball is best complemented by a solid off-speed offering, and this Changeup to Adam Jones is picture perfect.  You simply can’t throw a better one to a right-handed hitter.

Balls Gif Roundup

GIF Roundup 5/15 – The Very Best Pitches From Thursday Night’s Games

 

Every weekday we’ll featuring the very best pitches of last night’s games, and conducting a poll to crown the GIF of the Day.  Each winner will be featured on Saturday where you can vote for your favorite GIF of the Week. Contact us on Twitter and let us know which pitches you want us to GIF, and we’ll give you a shout-out on the site.

1. Dellin Betances’ Knuckle-Curve - If you were watching this game on the Mets’ Broadcast, you’d have heard three announcers salivating over Betances’ impressive appearance last night.  All of his hooks were worthy of this Roundup, but this final pitch to get Ruben Tejada looking on a front-door Knuckle-Curve capped off his 6th straight strikeout in jaw-dropping style.

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SP In Review 5/15 – Eovaldi Dropped The Call

 

Pitching in At&T park generally means good things for visiting pitchers, as it means you’re facing a weak lineup in a spacious park.  So I did the obvious thing and not only started Nate Eovaldi on all my teams against the Giants tonight, but I also endorsed him to all you.  Sadly, it didn’t work out as planned, and he gave us a stinker: 4.1 IP, 6 ER, 9 Hits, 2 BBs, 2 Ks.  He didn’t have his best stuff, and he got burned on it.  Simple as that.  I’m not dropping him, and I’m probably still starting him against the Phillies next week, but tonight hurt.  I will not forget this.

Here are the other Starting Pitcher performances from last night: