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Old Doc, New Tricks

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Halladay’s movement from opening night was pretty standard: lots of sinkers and cutters, and his big curveball. But his cutters were so all over the place, it almost looks like he’s throwing two distinct types of them – one that drops about as much as his normal fastball, and one that just cuts straight sideways (which are rarer around the league – think Mariano Rivera’s, as opposed to the sort of sloppy sliders from Jesse Litsch that get called cutters).


Wouldn’t you know it, focusing on the location of just Halladay’s cut fastballs, he threw the rising cutter over the plate every single time, but tried to get guys fishing out of the zone after the cutters that dove as well. Nothing consistent, but Halladay somewhat favoured the rising fastball to weaker hitters like Inge and Everett (throwing them 9 of his 15 rising cutters).

halladay-cuttersIt should be interesting to see if Roy keeps using two cutters and strictly like this – it’s not something that was noticable last sesaon. I threw in Inge’s home run in there too, which came against one of the relatively few cutters Roy left over the plate, after he had fed him the rising variety (and struck him out with three of them his first trip to the plate) all night.


Written by halejon

April 7, 2009 at 10:31 pm

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  1. Any chance the rising cutter isn’t planned? Hopefully a pattern will develop over a couple starts proving Roy Halladay to be a ninja.

    lloyd the ghostrunner

    April 8, 2009 at 5:18 pm

  2. I thought it’s impossible for a fastball to rise?


    April 9, 2009 at 10:46 pm

  3. A fastball rises in the sense that it breaks upward relative to the normal ballistic trajectory for the same reason a curveball breaks downward. A fastball can’t actually rise, but it can look like it’s rising if it has more upward break than you’re used to.


    April 10, 2009 at 6:58 pm

  4. Thanks…yeah, no pitch actually goes UP because of movement, but it’s what everyone typically calls the phenomenon of something rising less than the rest of the fastballs you’ve seen. I guess here I could have just called the other one a “sinking cutter”, but really it’s just a normal cutter that everone else in the league throws. The “straight cutter” or “rising cutter” that just cuts straight sideways is the real rarity.


    April 11, 2009 at 1:18 pm

  5. […] it just me, or does it look like Halladay is throwing two different kinds of cutters again? He only threw his changeup twice all night, but didn’t need it – his two seamer […]

  6. […] Cy Young!) may be linked to the cutter which he has so much success with. Jonathan Hale over at the Mockingbird (Blue Jays blog) found that he may have added or just by happenstance throw a rising cutter. I […]

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