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Postby davidmarver » Thu Feb 22, 2007 4:41 pm

Best of each I've ever seen:
Circle Changeup - Pedro Martinez
Palmball Changeup - Trevor Hoffman
Vulcan Change - Eric Gagne
Curveball - Ben Sheets
Slider - Francisco Rodriguez
Splitter - Kevin Brown
Cutter - Mariano Rivera
4 seam - Randy Johnson
2 seam - Greg Maddux

If Harden could stay healthy for a year, I could probably see his splitter for once and then perhaps put him in the splitter category; I've heard his is ridiculous.
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Postby Yoda » Thu Feb 22, 2007 4:53 pm

davidmarver wrote:Best of each I've ever seen:
Circle Changeup - Pedro Martinez
Palmball Changeup - Trevor Hoffman
Vulcan Change - Eric Gagne
Curveball - Ben Sheets
Slider - Francisco Rodriguez
Splitter - Kevin Brown
Cutter - Mariano Rivera
4 seam - Randy Johnson
2 seam - Greg Maddux

If Harden could stay healthy for a year, I could probably see his splitter for once and then perhaps put him in the splitter category; I've heard his is ridiculous.


I thought he was talking about pitchers TODAY. Brown's splitter was pretty ridiculous.
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Postby RedSoxdominate » Thu Feb 22, 2007 4:59 pm

yes, just pitchers today.
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Postby DevilDriver » Thu Feb 22, 2007 5:00 pm

slider - liriano
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Postby nazarko329 » Thu Feb 22, 2007 5:13 pm

Knuckle-curve - Mussina
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Postby Dan Charette » Thu Feb 22, 2007 5:15 pm

Mussina has a great knuckle curve
The other posts have the other pitches covered.
I'd like to add that Wang has a real good sinking fastball. It looks hitable , but sinks resulting in a grounball. The batter can even know it's coming and still can't lift it.
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Postby Field » Thu Feb 22, 2007 5:18 pm

What about Burnett?

He has an electrifying two-seamer I believe. We didn't get to see a lot of it last year obviously.
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Postby Yoda » Thu Feb 22, 2007 5:18 pm

Snakes Gould wrote:
nsulham wrote:
teddy ballgame wrote:I'll give Rivera best cut fast but not 4 seam.


Agreed.


agreed times two...i think the names and pitchers listed are pretty accurate, but also note that taking a pitch away separately makes it less effective...if zito was to throw nothing but his curve, it wouldnt be hard to hit whatsoever. its all about how you mix it up.


Somewhat true but Zito sets up the other pitches with his curve. Hoffman is another guy for instance who uses his change to set up his fastball.
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Postby Honus » Thu Feb 22, 2007 10:19 pm

Let's not forget Ramon Ortiz, who has been very successful at serving up the "gopherball pitch" the last few years. Out of all MLB pitchers, he ranked #1 in 2002 with 40, #16 in 2003 with 28, #5 in 2005 with 34 and #10 in 2006 with 31. Of course he was injured for half the season in 2004, so he only could throw 18 of 'em. Just wanted to be sure he got his well-deserved due...
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