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Matt Harvey gets the overlaid gif treatment. And it’s spectacular

May 8, 2013, 4:30 PM EDT

Matt Harvey‘s outing last night was otherworldy dominant. To see exactly why, you have to go check out Drew Sheppard’s latest at FanGraphs.

Drew is the guy who made that Yu Darvish gif mashup that went viral, but this one is both instructive and cool. There are multiple gifs on the post showing strikeout sequences and the four-different-pitches-in-one treatment, but this one, showing Harvey’s fastball and slider, is my favorite one. Holy late movement, Batman:


When he’s on, hitters don’t stand much of a chance with that.

Great job by Sheppard showing us that gifs are useful for more than just Delmon Young mocking.


OK, they’re still pretty damn useful for Delmon Young mocking.

  1. jtpercell - May 8, 2013 at 4:36 PM

    Can we get one of these for David Price or Jose Fernandez?

    • tommyshih - May 8, 2013 at 4:39 PM

      Ask him on Twitter: @DShep25

  2. The Dangerous Mabry - May 8, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    It’s images like this that give you a real appreciation for just how good major league hitters are. How they ever get their bat to hit that ball is well beyond me.

    Harvey’s a pleasure to watch. And if he keeps avoiding the walks, he’s going to be even tougher than he’s been already.

    • baseballisboring - May 8, 2013 at 6:41 PM

      Agreed…the skill level required to be a ML hitter (or pitcher for that matter) is like, preposterous. It doesn’t seem possible. That’s the part that gets lost among the “baseball is boring” crowd…seriously, LOOK at that thing!

  3. randygnyc - May 8, 2013 at 4:49 PM

    Could be ROY, CY and MVP this year.

    • dannyocean83 - May 8, 2013 at 4:57 PM

      Randy, he pitched too many games last year to be considered a rookie this year. Still a stud tho.

    • dondada10 - May 8, 2013 at 5:00 PM

      He may have pitched too many innings last season to be considered a rookie, and the Mets aren’t gonna win more than 50 of the games Harvey doesn’t start, so MVP may be out of the question.

      Never the less, Cy Young is certainly in play. And also, a Yankees fan showing Harvey love essentially cinches it for me: the kid’s legit.

      • chill1184 - May 8, 2013 at 5:06 PM

        Only reason people like Fatcesa like Harvey is that their hopping Harvey is traded to the Yankees (or signed as a FA). If Alderson signs Harvey to an extension that covers his FA and arbitration years they’ll call him a bust you watch.

  4. tmohr - May 8, 2013 at 4:54 PM

    Bah, it’s nothing until Old Hoss gets one.

    • DelawarePhilliesFan - May 8, 2013 at 5:00 PM

      Frickin’ awesome!!

    • baseballisboring - May 8, 2013 at 6:46 PM

      Haaaahahaha. God that Twitter account just brings me joy. That one right there is one of the best I’ve heard. Second only to (after Adam Jones signed his extension with the Orioles) “Bah! In my day an “extension” involved the rack or four horses.”

  5. stlouis1baseball - May 8, 2013 at 5:03 PM

    The overlaid gif is my new favorite thing. I would like to see one of Adam Wainwright.
    Dude’s breaking pitches are off the charts!

  6. beefytrout - May 8, 2013 at 5:07 PM

    Time to get one of these going with a batter. My vote? Adrian Beltre.

  7. youknowwhatsgoodforshoulderpain - May 8, 2013 at 5:49 PM

    I still like the Darvish one better, but yeah, thats some really late movement there!

  8. romoscollarbone - May 8, 2013 at 6:13 PM

    Let the grip do the work.

  9. phillyphannn83 - May 8, 2013 at 6:56 PM

    OK, I’m convinced, Craig is OBSESSED with Delmon Young.

    • baseballisboring - May 8, 2013 at 7:11 PM

      Bagging on Delmon Young is a symptom, not the actual problem…bagging on Philadelphia to anger the over sensitive fans is the core issue. I was an over-sensitive Red Sox fan towards Craig until I learned his trolling ways.

      Plus…you know…Delmon Young…hahaha…

      • historiophiliac - May 8, 2013 at 7:30 PM

        Well, someone has to do it.

  10. genericcommenter - May 8, 2013 at 8:46 PM

    I thought this said “overlaid gf” and was thinking Geez, this dude needs to give the rest of us a break and stop dominating everywhere.

  11. ILoveBaseball - May 9, 2013 at 7:38 AM

    With the exception of the knuckleball there is no such thing as late baseball pitch movement except in the mind of the batter. Read “The Physics of Baseball” by Robert K. Adair. The movement begins the instant the ball leaves the pitcher’s hand and is roughly constant. Also there is no such thing as a rising fastball (in baseball). In both cases the batter expects a certain path and that path is altered by the spin of the ball which leads to this misconception. Since this fact is at odds with what we’ve been repeatedly told I expect lots of thumbs down. Before bashing this post, please check the facts, then bash.

  12. mustbechris - May 9, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    I would love to see an overlaid gif of Jamie Moyer’s 20 pitches.

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