off-speed pitch

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Synonyms for off-speed pitch

a baseball thrown with little velocity when the batter is expecting a fastball

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The assumption is that in the pitcher's zest to mix it up, he won't double up on an off-speed pitch.
One of those Angels home runs came in the first inning from Vladimir Guerrero, who was fooled on an off-speed pitch, reached down and away to make contact and still hit it over the 20-foot wall in left field despite cracking his bat.
Some coaches have the on-deck hitter tell the batter where the catcher is setting up: "Expect a fastball if the target is inside, and look for a breaking or off-speed pitch if the catcher is holding his glove low and away.
After fouling off a 2-2 off-speed pitch, Saboe lofted an outside fastball that landed just inside the right-field foul line.
If, for example, they fly out on an off-speed pitch out of the strike zone, they will look for the same pitch in their next at-bat.
2 swung at an off-speed pitch out of the strike zone, which dropped into short right field for a single (non-quality at-bat).
It was an off-speed pitch, and that is what I was expecting," said McJunkin, a left-handed-hitting first baseman.
They are all devastating, though her best is probably an off-speed pitch that breaks down and away from right-handed batters.
Washburn said he had a great slider in the minor leagues, but a pitching coach advised him to develop a slower off-speed pitch to contrast with his fastball.
Brazoban still is an infant as a reliever, if a remarkable one, and he still is developing his off-speed pitch.
When the command of his off-speed pitch gets to be as good as the fastball and slider, then what you're getting is someone very similar to the guy who will eventually be pitching the ninth for us,'' Tracy said.
Accordio thought it might have been an off-speed pitch by Weston that was thrown at three-quarters delivery with plenty of movement, although nobody from either dugout was sure what to call it - curve, changeup or slurve.
But an off-speed pitch retired Kotsay on a grounder to first, and a first-and-second situation in the fifth ended when Mark Ellis struck out on a full-count changeup.