Friday, September 27, 2013

The Shuuto pitch

The Shuuto - Tailing Fastball

Shuuto - "The Great Equalizer"
Watch batters turn into pretzels when trying to hit the shuuto pitch

The shuuto pitch breaks down and in on right-handed batters, so as to prevent them from making solid contact with the ball. The shuuto is also thrown to left-handers off the plate to keep them off balance.

Anyone who has seen Yu Darvish pitch knows that he has some really filthy stuff. His sickest pitches can make professional hitters look like beer league dropouts, swinging wildly while it appears someone has paused time and thumped the ball. What is Yu doing that is so completely baffling batters?

One of Yu’s signature pitches is called the shuuto. Several Japanese pitchers have thrown the shuuto here in MLB; among them are Hiroki Kuroda, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Hisanori Takahashi, and the Rangers’ own Yu Darvish. Getting an exact definition of the shuuto is difficult.  Read more

Two-seam Fastball of Yu Darvish
Does Darvish throw the shuuto pitch?

A two-seam fastball, sometimes called a two-seamer, tailing fastball, running fastball, or sinker is another variant of the straight fastball.

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