cut fastball


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cut fastball

n. Baseball
A fastball released with most pressure from the tip of the middle finger so that it breaks slightly in the manner of a curve ball as it approaches the plate. Also called cutter.
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Some magic combination of arm angle and release point, stride length and spin rate creates the late movement that makes Jansen's cut fastball one of the most difficult pitches in baseball to hit--even when hitters know it's coming.
He tried to get a cut fastball in on Ortiz, and Ortiz went and got it, driving it down the first base line.
When Blackstone Valley Tech coach Anthony Leonelli first discussed pitching with Dan Avery three years ago, Leonelli didn't believe the then-sophomore could throw a cut fastball.
He is regarded as the greatest closer of all time, whether he's throwing his cut fastball in the regular season or postseason.
Here's a warning to future hitters: Bryant is working on a curve and cut fastball to add some diversity to his repertoire.
Weaver might benefit from the addition of Pineiro, who learned a cut fastball from Chris Carpenter during his time in St.
Some of these pitchers are able to throw a cut fastball, which can be effective but probably not as much as a slider.
In the course of the interview with Baseball Digest, Pena weighed in on his patient approach at the plate, the importance of a hitter's timing, and the challenge of hitting the cut fastball, which he calls an "equalizer" for many of today's hurlers.
In came Jansen, who struck out pinch-hitter David Peralta swinging through a 93-mph cut fastball and got the dangerous Paul Goldschmidt to fly to deep left to end the inning.
Hechavarria hammered Lester's very next pitch, a cut fastball, hooking it around the foul screen into the second deck in left for his second career home run.
Loaiza walked consecutive batters in the second inning, struck out Chris Young and then surrendered a three-run homer to Chris Snyder on a cut fastball.
So I needed a curveball and I also wanted to throw a fastball to that side, like a cut fastball.