Every baseball game features hundreds of pitches from 60 feet, 6 inches, each serving one defined purpose: to defeat a hitter. Of course, the players those pitches are designed to conquer have an entirely different goal in mind. Virtually every Major League pitcher throws a combination of pitches, with starting pitchers often owning an arsenal of three or more offerings.
4-seam fastball. This pitch is the hardest of the fastballs, it rotates backwards keeping the ball straight with not much movement. 2-seam fastball (sinker) The 2-seamer or the sinker is a fastball that is just gripped differently than the 4-seamer. It is held with the seams rather than across.
To pitch a good cut fastball, pitchers throw a fastball but get a light amount of side spin, making the ball move in or out of its path by a few inches. By moving your fastball grip (like the 4-seam grip for fastballs), and bringing the thumb slightly up the inside of the ball, and the index finger slightly towards the outside, the pitch will become a slider fastball, moving like a very tight slider.
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In baseball, a pitch is the act of throwing a baseball toward home plate to start a play. The term comes from the Knickerbocker Rules. Originally, the ball had to be literally "pitched" underhand, as with pitching horseshoes. Overhand throwing was not allowed until 1884. The biomechanics of pitching have been studied extensively.
This is not a complete guide. I've picked twelve of the more common pitches: Fastballs: Four-seam, Two-seam, Cutter, Splitter, and Forkball. Breaking Balls: Curveball, Slider, Slurve, and Screwball. Changeups: Changeup, Palmball, Circle Changeup.
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