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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Here’s What Happens When A Pitcher Throws A Meatball

The batter asks for some spaghetti to go with that meatball.

But all types of meatballs hurt somehow. The off-speed ones aren’t swung at as often, but when hitters do make contact, they’re clobbering the ball. The fastball variety, meanwhile, do entice a hitter to take a swing, leading to a ball that’s more likely to find its way around the defense. And whether it’s a fastball or an off-speed pitch, meatballs are still the most homer-friendly pitch I’ve seen.

The more I looked into the meatball, the more it confirmed my suspicion: no matter the particulars, it’s the bad pitch we assumed it was.

Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: August 13, 2014 at 08:08 PM | 10 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: August 13, 2014 at 09:58 PM (#4770691)
I was really hoping this was about what happens when someone with MLB velocity threw actual meatballs.
   2. The District Attorney Posted: August 13, 2014 at 10:05 PM (#4770701)
I was really hoping this was about what happens when someone with MLB velocity threw actual meatballs.
There was no chance of meatballs.
   3. The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB) Posted: August 13, 2014 at 10:29 PM (#4770712)
It wasn't cloudy?
   4. Pat Rapper's Delight Posted: August 13, 2014 at 11:55 PM (#4770740)
Didn't we already answer this with the first batter for the AL in this year's All-Star Game?
   5. tshipman Posted: August 14, 2014 at 12:16 AM (#4770744)
I was really disappointed that the article didn't look at BABIP.
   6. Bote Man sez $/yr not yr/$$ Posted: August 14, 2014 at 12:42 AM (#4770753)
Tommy Lasorda excelled at hitting the meatball.
   7. BDC Posted: August 14, 2014 at 08:41 AM (#4770820)
Clearly a description of the first and third games the Rangers pitched against Tampa this week.
   8. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: August 14, 2014 at 12:32 PM (#4771045)
Tommy Lasorda excelled at hittingeating the meatball.
   9. Moeball Posted: August 14, 2014 at 02:30 PM (#4771137)
Moeball on meatballs here...actually, the example video shown of Stanton hitting a walk-off grand slam wasn't the best example of a meatball pitch - it was an inside pitch that broke out over the plate. I've seen hitters go down on a called strike 3 on that pitch before, taking what looks to be an inside pitch and then having it break over the plate for a strike at the end.

The more typical meatball pitches are the truly fat ones - fastballs with little movement that go right down Broadway or curves that "hanggggg" and stay up in the zone. Those are the ones that get pounded.

One of the things that has changed over the decades is the outgoing result of meatball pitches. As more and more players get bigger and stronger, the more likely it is for a meatball to end up getting deposited over the fence for a HR. Pitchers truly have to be much more careful with their pitches than they used to, for mistakes get punished a lot more now.
   10. Copronymus Posted: August 14, 2014 at 04:32 PM (#4771224)
I was really hoping this was about what happens when someone with MLB velocity threw actual meatballs.

This is probably as close as you're gonna get, which is to say, actual meatballs tossed underhand from about 10 feet away while two dudes cackle at each other.

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