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n. Baseball
A pitched ball that sinks sharply as it reaches the plate; a sinker.
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"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.
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 pitcher.
"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.