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  1. I’m beginning to regard the analysis of “he added a cutter in spring training” about as high as “he’s in the best shape of his life”.

    Comment by nmh — April 21, 2010 @ 3:03 pm

  2. Assess, not “asses”.

    Comment by Phillies Red — April 21, 2010 @ 3:03 pm

  3. I just told my secretary I am adding a cutter. She expects better work product now.

    Comment by neuter_your_dogma — April 21, 2010 @ 3:22 pm

  4. Wow, good catch. Trying to keep this a family friendly place. Thanks.

    Comment by Dave Allen — April 21, 2010 @ 3:28 pm

  5. The Halladay Effect rears its head in Philly. After watching Hamels lollipop that fat curveball of his for the last couple years the addition of a tighter ball running down and away from lefties can only help. I’ll be curious to see over their coming starts whether, like Halladay, these two will try to throw their cutters to both sides of the plate.

    Comment by Wilsonian Democracy — April 21, 2010 @ 3:36 pm

  6. best comment i’ve read all day

    Comment by Richie Abernathy — April 21, 2010 @ 3:36 pm

  7. I can tell you from watching the games that neither cutter is particularly good. When you watch Madson (or better yet Rivera) throw a cutter and then compare it to what Kendrick and Hamels are flipping up there, it’s hard not to cringe. In Hamels’ case, I worry his cutter will take away from his output by cutting into the amount of change-ups he throws.

    I feel like both pitchers kind of rushed the pitches into production. I remember the first time Kevin Millwood through a back-up 2 seamer to strike out a lefty he said after the game something like “I’ve been working on that in the pen for over a year now but haven’t really used it much in a game yet.” Hamels and Kendrick’s cutters may get better with time.

    Comment by The A Team — April 21, 2010 @ 3:38 pm

  8. I’m not sure comparing Rivera’s cutter, a pitch that has revolutionized man’s approach to pitching baseballs, to two guys’ variations of the pitch that have been thrown for less than two months is such a good idea.

    Comment by Richie Abernathy — April 21, 2010 @ 4:06 pm

  9. I was wondering about the classification of Kendrick’s slider/cutter.

    I don’t think he scrapped his slider completely although I haven’t been able to watch much of his starts so far. I think the slower ones are still sliders and the harder ones are his cutters.

    Comment by BN — April 21, 2010 @ 10:13 pm

  10. Well that’s why I put it in parenthesis silly. In any case, it’s completely valid to say, this is what a really good cutter looks like and this is what bad cutters look like.

    Comment by The A Team — April 22, 2010 @ 9:14 am

  11. I’ll watch more closely next time, but I know I saw a bunch of pitches that moved like sliders rather than cutters. I’ll pay more attention to the radar gun to make sure they’re not just occasional really good cutters.

    Comment by The A Team — April 22, 2010 @ 9:15 am

  12. madson has a bad cutter. not a great example.

    Comment by BATTLETANK — April 22, 2010 @ 9:40 am

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