I also believe it’s a cutter. It has lateral movement rather than the downward movement of a changeup. It would make sense to throw this to right handers to get them to roll over on it rather than swing and miss.
Sheets joked when he first threw a bullpen session for the Braves that Fredi Gonzalez said all his pitches looked good, even the cutter, which is definitely a new addition. Sheets clearly thought Fredi was full of doggy doo doo, as Jack Horner would say.
watching the game, i thought that pitch was kind of a show-me slider that didn’t slide much. regardless, if he can get his fastball velocity up to 93 consistently, which he tickled a couple times sunday, he’s still got a nasty enough curve that he won’t need a polished third offering to be effective. he was very impressive, especially control-wise, for having endured such a long layoff.
Comment by midgley's folly — July 16, 2012 @ 4:00 pm
Agree with most others here. Maybe a four seam changeup that he cut or slider or cutter. Either way it wasn’t impressive but he did throw it for strikes.
Comment by Englishman Who Lost His Beard — July 16, 2012 @ 9:30 pm