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Nippon Ham Fighters: Sponichi’s mini-primer on Darvish’s pitches

by on Mar.07, 2010 @ 5:05 pm, under NPB, Spring Camp

...Including his practice game appearances during Spring camp, Takahiro Matsuka has now gone four consecutive outings without giving up a run.

...Sponichi carried a mini-primer on Yu Darvish's pitches:

Fastball - tops out at 154km/h.  Hit 100mph (161km/h) during the WBC last season.

Slider - two types: vertical and horizontal.  Also has a slider that tops out at 130km/h.  Perhaps his best "out" pitch.

Curve - around 100km/h.  He can also throw it at about 120km/h for a swinging strike.

Cutter - 140+km/h.  Comes down and in on left-handed batters.

Fork - 140+km/h.  He also has a splitter.

Change - uses all five fingers and throws it in the 130km/h range.

Two-seamer - in the 140km/h range.   Cuts in on right-handed batters.  He can also throw a sinker and shuto that look similar.