Dealing With Different Pitches

By: Jim Brown

Are you ready to learn the difference between different pitches?

The most important pitch is the four- seam fastball. Everything depends on this pitch.

A sinker or two -seam fastball is an excellent way to introduce ground balls. This is the reason two- seam fastball got the nickname "sinker"

Cut-fastball is when the ball is held off center. This is good on jamming the hitters because of the slow mph movement. The Cut-fastball is slower than the four-seam ball.

Splint - finger fastball is when the baseball is thrown downward toward the infield home plate. This is where strikes come into the baseball game.

Change -up helps to control the speed of the baseball. The hitter has to use his arm to get the full effect . This pitch is slower than a fastball.

Curveball is nothing more than a pitch to strike the hitter out. This pitch is focused on a downward movement to the home plate. It is slower than the normal fastball.

Slider can be classified as a pitch between a fastball and a curveball. Hitters find this pitch to be harder than the curveball while maintaining a slower downward action. The slider is known to have a smaller break which allows a tighter spin of the ball. Often you can spot the dot on the baseball as it approaches the hitter.

Knuckleball is declared by pitchers to be one of the harder pitches to make. This pitch certainly has no spin/ The ball is hard to catch and control. With this pitch no one knows where the ball will end up.

Split finger Fastball or Forkball can be called the out pitch. It can really damage a pitcher's arm. The baseball is held between the index and middle fingers at a varied depth by the pitcher. This is a hard pitch to make.

How many times have you sat watching a baseball game and wondered what all those hand motions were that the pitcher was using? Now you know. The umpire was sure to know the signs. The next time you set down to watch baseball you will definitely know the difference between each pitch.

Baseball is a sport that has requires many skills and good health. Before entering the sport of baseball , it is wise to have a complete health checkup . There have been many players that are now deceased due to lack of paying attention to the warning signs their bodies were giving off. Play baseball in good health. The baseball sport is exciting to watch.

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