The reigning AL MVP and Cy Young award winner struck out former teammate Curtis Granderson -- for the first of three times -- with an 85 mph breaking pitch
to lead off the game and struck out the first two Yankees in the second inning.
He throws hard with a good breaking pitch
," Alvarado said.
Like the rising fastball, the breaking pitch
contradicts the laws of physics--the trajectory of every spinning pitch is smooth with no sudden changes.
Yvars gave a different description of the secret system to the New York Times recently when he remarked that he would toss the ball in the air to indicate a fastball and do nothing for a breaking pitch
If he's diving across the plate, he may be vulnerable inside, especially to a breaking pitch
Many players like to drag-bunt on a breaking pitch
or off-speed pitch, as these pitches generally make it easier to place the ball where you want it to go.
But because I thought it was a breaking pitch
, and the way it broke, I wasn't way out front of it and I was able to get good wood on it.
Added Niles: "He threw a 2-0, a 3-1 and a 3-2 breaking pitch
in that situation - that's unheard of.
With less than two strikes on him, the batter swings at a breaking pitch
that has fooled him.
They nearly got back into the game later in the inning, when they loaded the bases for Tim Salmon, who just missed a breaking pitch
from Mike Mussina and flied out to the warning track in left-center.
Big Papi got the call on a breaking pitch
that just missed the strike zone, then managed to check his swing on a 3-2 pitch that swerved inside, nearly hitting him.
Nolan always threw hard, but his breaking pitch
was really on that night.