The pitch in the mid-80s dives quickly, making it behave like a split-finger fastball
Farrell said it is his "out'' pitch, the split-finger fastball
, and pointed to Mark Teixeira's ninth-inning at-bat on Thursday as an example.
With Maicer Izturis on third base and two out, the veteran right-hander, protecting a two-run lead and no longer capable of reaching back and throwing a fastball 97 miles per hour as he could do in years ago, Schilling instead threw a softer version of his old hard split-finger fastball
I'll explain for instance, how baseball pitches like a curveball or a split-finger fastball
are different, based on how fast a ball is thrown, how fast the ball spins and the direction the ball spins.
Just imagine trying to hit a spitball off of Gaylord Perry of the San Francisco Giants, or blowing a split-finger fastball
by David Winfield of the New York Yankees in quick one-inning games or across nine-inning, 144 game seasons.
Hall of Famer Dennis Eckersley, if he was building the perfect closer, would take a 100 mph fastball, mix it with a swing-and-miss pitch like a split-finger fastball
, and add a touch of wildness.
Shields throws two changeups, a ``get-me-over'' he throws to get ahead of hitters, and a ``put-away'' change with late downward movement similar to a split-finger fastball
that his agent, Page Odle calls a ``Bugs Bunny pitch'' because of the cartoon-like swings it typically produces.
Okajima's split-finger fastball
has had too much "finish" lately, Francona said, which has been one of his biggest problems, adding that he expects the lefty reliever to return to form as the season progresses.
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3 hitter Jeff DaVanon provided the buzz kill, fanning on a full-count, split-finger fastball
in the dirt.
It's a mechanical thing, and it causes his split-finger fastball
to flatten out, making it more hittable.
From 1977 through 1984 with the Cubs and Cardinals, he was the most talked-about reliever in the National League, specializing in a split-finger fastball
that continually frustrated hitters.