breaking ball

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Synonyms for breaking ball

a pitch of a baseball that is thrown with spin so that its path curves as it approaches the batter

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n FROM: THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Verlander hit low and outside corners with fastballs and buckled knees with an assortment of breaking pitches that left the Yankees standing and looking or swinging and missing.
An analogous explanation of the breaking pitch is based on speed overestimation (Karnavas, Bahill, and Regan, 1990; Bahill and Karnavas, 1993).
Now batting right-handed, Raines took a breaking pitch high for ball one from the southpaw Orosco, one of the game's elite closers and a 1986 World Series hero.
With less than two strikes on him, the batter swings at a breaking pitch that has fooled him.
Reds manager David Bell was ejected in the ninth after reliever Dillon Maples hit Jose Peraza on the arm with a breaking pitch, which plate umpire Mark Wegner deemed accidental.
"But because I thought it was a breaking pitch, and the way it broke, I wasn't way out front of it and I was able to get good wood on it.
And many of them will tell you that a nice breaking pitch is the easiest ball to hit.
From everything I see these days, this kind of old-fashioned breaking pitch is on a sabbatical.
Toledo right-hander Chris Lambert, a native of Manchester, N.H., got Ortiz to lunge at a breaking pitch in the first inning and Boston's All-Star designated hitter fouled out weakly to first baseman Derek Wathan.
It can involve a fast ball and a breaking pitch or just the fast ball.
Whenever a problem arises - the pitcher suddenly starts throwing low or high, inside or outside, failing to snap off the breaking pitch it is up to the coach to locate the cause and make the correction.
Boucher followed by ripping a breaking pitch deep over the left field fence to put Leominster on top, 4-0.
And if his heater isn't enough to overpower a batter, the one that figures to get him is Bonderman's "power-curve," the term used by Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski and probably the best tag for a breaking pitch even Bonderman calls a slider.
Once the feeder gets the hang of these drills, he can simulate the three basic pitches from just below the chest position: a normal fast ball, an above-average fast ball, and a breaking pitch. Since the three pitches are delivered from one set position, the hitter will have no way of anticipating any of them.