05worldserieschamps wrote:If hitters knew Santana's changeup, among other great pitches, was coming, they could probably hit them about half the time.
That's like saying, if [insert pitcher's name]'s curve ball didn't curve, batters could probably hit it half the time. It's a change-up! The whole point of the pitch is deception. A pitcher's delivery, release point, and arm velocity look near identical to their fastball, but the ball travels 10-20 miles per hour slower on its way to the plate.
Santana's circle change is the best of his three, as in addition to the drastic change of speed, he gets some run inside towards right handed batters. The pitch has become so ingrained that when he carries around a ball during practice, he instinctively holds it in his circle change grip.