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Pitch distinctions

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by BuzzBuzz » Thu May 10, 2018 6:57 pm

I thought I understood the distinction between a curve ball and a slider, but while watching a game on TV which showed where a pitch was relative to the strike zone, and also its speed and type, I realized there were aspects I did not understand.

I had originally thought a curve ball primarily had a downward break, and a slider primarily a side-to-side break. Is this wrong? Also, does the kind of spin put on the ball by the pitcher determine the type of pitch?

Then there are other breaking pitch variations: knuckle curve, etc. I would also much appreciate any knowledgeable participant's explaining the spin type and break type for these other variations of breaking pitches.

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