A lightly regarded pitcher when signed as an amateur free agent with the New York Yankees in 1990, Rivera struggled as a starter but found his niche as a reliever with a devastating cut fastball
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.
I still believe that." 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.
"I throw a two-seamer, a four-seam fastball, a cut fastball
, slider, curveball and changeup."
Some of these pitchers are able to throw a cut fastball
, which can be effective but probably not as much as a slider.
Mixing a cut fastball
with a sinker and a deceptive changeup, Yarbrough was literally unhittable until the ninth.
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.