Field wrote:I honestly can't think of five better curves from active players off the top of my head. I haven't seen him pitch live too many times, but I remember him absolutely mowing down the Red Sox in ST. His delivery is somewhat deceiving to batters as well since he releases it late as noted in the article.
Serveral years ago Zito was renowned for having the best curve, but Kershaw's is better. Zito's had/has a long swooping motion to it, Kershaw's has more late bite and lateral movement. I also like how Kershaw's fastball and change have similar movement which is important.
I'll be following him closely, I nabbed him with a #3 WW. I think some were scared off by the pitch count restrictions.
The only thing I don't like about his change up is that it doesn't seem to have a downward movement. In theory, a slower pitch should have more downward movement compared to a fastball due to gravity. This is true when you look at Santana, Hamels, Shields, etc. Still, the kid just turned 20 so we should temper our expectations.
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