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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 Jeff also contributes to, and

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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