"And that guy's tough on Zo right there, that sinkerball
down and away," said manager Joe Maddon, whose team is 50-36.
Just as hitters are advised to make the sinkerball
pitcher get the ball up, the recommendation in this case is to make Palmer "get the ball down." A few hitters swung at "bad: high fastballs on this lad.
Interestingly, notwithstanding Harrelson's contributions on defense, only Seaver's Mets in the NL turned fewer double plays than the Padres (144 to 135); on both coasts, the pitcher was forsaken by his proverbial "best friend." For a control pitcher like Dave Roberts who relied on his sinkerball
and had only 135 strikeouts (as compared to Seaver's 289, tops in the NL), the erratic fielding surely had a devastating effect.
Being a sinkerball
pitcher, you kind of live off whether or not they hit the hole or hit it at your infielders, and they were able to string together a few of those in the holes.
An instructive case from the 1930s was that of the veteran sinkerball
pitcher, Elon Chester Hogsett, a reliever for the 1935 World Champion Detroit Tigers.
Passeau, a sinkerball
specialist, allowed a single and a walk and nothing else, shutting down the Tigers 3-0 in a masterful performance in Detroit.
BALTIMORE - The momentum the Boston Red Sox brought with them from the West Coast was no match for a rookie with a wicked sinkerball
and a torrid fastball.
"That's the difference between Doug and all the other sinkerball
Javy Lopez said he doesn't like playing at the Trop because he's a sinkerball
pitcher and the ball squirts through the infield.
Gerry told me he was going to take me down to 95, change my grip, cock my wrist, and make me a sinkerball
"It's humbling and I feel a little honored, like I don't know if I should be there," said Masterson, a 22-year-old sinkerball
specialist with an engaging personality.