How to throw the Shuuto (not cut)
Just because evidently this is the only reason anybody comes to my blog (and in increasingly ridiculous numbers), here are the joke-free instructions on how to throw the Shutto. After this, I will speak no more of it. Begone!
1) Start with a two-seam fastball grip:
2) Grip the ball a little tighter and deeper in the hand than you would a 4-seamer. You can try moving your fingers closer together between the seams if you don’t get enough movement, but that makes it harder to control.
2) Practice throwing this pitch low, hard, and on a downward angle until you can get it to sink (if you get under the ball, it won’t). It’s called, appropriately enough, a sinker. It will probably tail away a little from your body, too.
3) As you deliver your new sinker, put pressure on the ball with your index finger and snap your elbow outward. You don’t want to fully snap/pronate your wrist like a screwball- let the grip do most of the work and just pull down a little.
Et voila! The Shuuto! It’s not quite an offspeed pitch, but a little slower than a fastball. A right handed pitcher should throw it in on the hands of righties, and at the hip of a left handed batter so it darts back to the inside corner. Just don’t hang it to either side because then it’s a meatball. And remember:
“The dumber a pitcher is, the better. When he gets smart and begins to experiment with a lot of different pitches, he’s in trouble. All I ever had was a fastball, a curve and a changeup and I did pretty good.” -Dizzy Dean.