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The Saber's Edge: No Trouble with the Curve

Jeff Zimmerman

Jeff Zimmerman

Jeff Zimmerman writes about all things Baseball for RotoWire. He also handles scouting and reporting for PrepBaseballReport.com. Jeff also contributes to RoyalsReview.com, FanGraphs.com and BaseballHeatMaps.com.

A week ago, Pat Jordan wrote a great piece for Sports on Earth on the “Decline of the Curve". In the article, he covers a number of reasons why the curveball is being used less frequently. This week, I am going to concentrate on a few of the remaining curveball pitchers, those who throw the humpback curve, and overall effectiveness of these pitchers.

While I don't want to repeat all of Jordan's article, a couple points need to established. First, fewer pitchers throw a curve now than in the past for several reasons: the strike zone is smaller, teams discourage using the pitch, the mound is lower, it's easier to learn a slider or cutter, and pitchers don't trust such a slow pitch.

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