Mets Bring Curveball Back

Baseball Player John Maine Appears at Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas

Pitching coach Dan Warthen started the Mets bringing the curveball back in the second half of last season. He got Mike Pelfrey throwing it again and this spring John Maine is doing the same.

From MLB.com:

“I’ve got to learn to do it again,” Maine said. “It’s been over two years since I’ve thrown it in a game. I’ve got to learn to do it sometime.”

Pitchers have been throwing curveballs for 140 years. I always hated that former pitching coach Rick Peterson discouraged it so much. He favored throwing the fastball, change, and slider low in the strike zone.

I think Maine was the one most effected by Peterson’s philosophy. He seems to naturally have success high in the strike zone. I realize that he can’t live there but there’s no reason not to go there on occasion.

I also never understand Peterson’s fascination with the slider. Remeber watching Jorge Julio and others throw them over and over? And getting knocked around constantly to boot. There’s nothing wrong with a good curveball. Darryl Kile ( RIP) and others have made a career out of it.

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  1. MetStatHead

    The slider is the pitch that coaches fall in love with because a good slider can be nearly unhittable… But the Mets had noone that had that type of stuff…

    The curveball changes the plain of vision of the hitter… They need to track a pitch that is moving more vertically then horizontally… sliders, cutters, and hard fastballs low in the zone are easier to track since you can focus on one part of the vertical plate…

    Santana is a perfect example of this… he doesnt use his curve very often, mainly because he has the skill to locate his fastball up in the zone, then throw that nasty changeup in the same location, but 20 mph slower… But he changes the plain of view of each hitter… they need to focus on the entire plate and not just the lower half…

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