"He threw a fastball that had great location and a curveball that was a short, hard breaking pitch
Pitching coach Johnny Sain had added another breaking pitch
to McLain's arsenal that spring, and down the stretch, McLain was at his best mixing his pitches.
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.
Whenever I hear about a thrower who has a curve ball (or any other breaking pitch
), I will discover that the pitch is actually a fastball that goes inside, outside, up, or down!
Like the rising fastball, the breaking pitch
contradicts the laws of physics--the trajectory of every spinning pitch is smooth with no sudden changes.
(1.) 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
. The elaborate gimmick was first revealed on March 22, 1962, by the Associated Press, citing an unidentified source with the Giants, and the charge was revived about six years ago.
If he's diving across the plate, he may be vulnerable inside, especially to a breaking pitch
A good curve was a sharp breaking pitch
. When Buck first threw the slider, which he learned it from George Blaeholder of St.
Worked through some high pitch counts but pulled out his breaking pitch
, his changeup, and then when you saw him commanding the fastball, that's pretty nice.
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.
He worked through some high pitch counts, but he pulled out his breaking pitch
, his changeup and then when you saw him commanding the fastball, it's pretty nice.
Added Niles: "He threw a 2-0, a 3-1 and a 3-2 breaking pitch
in that situation - that's unheard of."