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  • Pitch Differences

    Not sure if this belongs in this thread.


    Is the forkball actually a separate pitch from the splitter, or are they virtually the same? As I understand it, the forkball has a more gradual, tumbling break.

    Is there any difference between the sinker and the 2-seamer? Or are the terms interchangeable?
    "Allen Sutton Sothoron pitched his initials off today."--1920s article

  • #2
    Originally posted by Tyrus4189Cobb View Post
    Is there any difference between the sinker and the 2-seamer? Or are the terms interchangeable?
    As I understand it: Sinkers sink. Late breaking is better, and it is basically a pronated fastball. Two seamers are designed to work left-right (RHP). Fastball with tailing action in on the hands of the batter.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Tyrus4189Cobb View Post
      Not sure if this belongs in this thread.

      Is the forkball actually a separate pitch from the splitter, or are they virtually the same? As I understand it, the forkball has a more gradual, tumbling break.

      Is there any difference between the sinker and the 2-seamer? Or are the terms interchangeable?
      The forkball and splitter are the same basic pitch, but the forkball is thrown a bit slower.

      A 2-seam grip is the most popular way to throw a sinker (but there is a 1-seam grip). Sinkers are usually pronated more than 4-seamers, which gives them more movement.
      Hitting Coordinator for Harris-Stowe State University in St. Louis.

      I also work with the pitchers who are dealing with injury problems.

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