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Postby Ace » Sun Mar 18, 2007 5:11 am

i was reading this yahoo article that says:

"[Braden] Looper also throws a sinker and a pitch that can function as a changeup or a split-finger, depending on how he throws it."

im not terribly familiar with pitching... im guessing the pitch doesnt really have a name but does anyone know what it is? and how common is it for pitchers to have an (unconventional?) pitch like this?
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Postby Havok1517 » Sun Mar 18, 2007 7:11 am

I'm not sure about Looper but Rich Harden developed his own pitch that he's using instead of throwing the changeup that has hurt his arm the past few years.
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Postby mak1277 » Sun Mar 18, 2007 10:23 am

Probably just the difference between a true split-finger (which has velocity closer to that of a fastball) and a forkball, which is more like a change-up.

I doubt Looper's doing anything "unconventional". His splitter/change-up might just be something that is slower, without the traditional downward movement of a splitter, but gripped the same way.
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Postby thedude » Sun Mar 18, 2007 2:04 pm

Schilling throws the splitter as his off-speed pitch. I don't think Looper is really doing anything uncommon.
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