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Thursday, February 14, 2013
A couple years ago, the cut fastball was Mariano Rivera’s pitch. He was the only pitcher in baseball who threw it with any regularity, not to mention with any real skill.
Now it seems like every pitcher in the majors features a cutter in their repertoire. The popularity of the cutter has increased dramatically, and hitters around the league aren’t crazy about it.
“Your brain is telling you fastball,” Torii Hunter told Sports Illustrated in 2011. “Then the ball breaks, and you’re done.”
“The cutter,” Chipper Jones told ESPN’s Buster Olney, also in 2011. “The bane of my existence.”
“It’s not a fun pitch at all,” Corey Hart told MLB.com last year. “If a normal pitcher can throw that well, he becomes a really good pitcher. It’s frustrating, because a lot of guys are throwing it now. It’s another thing we don’t want them to throw.”
Based on testimonies such as these and the sudden popularity of the cutter, you’d think it was the ultimate pitch.
It just might be, for the statistics vouch for it as well. Observe…
a LONG article about TEH PITCH
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