GIF: That Curveball Fernandez Just Threw to Tulowitzki

The author, whose loving mother is talking at him without cease even as he writes these words, won’t belabor the point — which point is that the very excellent Jose Fernandez just threw a curveball to strike out the also very excellent Troy Tulowitzki.

Here’s, for example, one slow-motion GIF of that curveball:

Fernandez Tulo 1

And here’s another, maybe even slower one:

Fernandez Tulo 2

And here’s what the author’s mother is currently saying:

“I thought you only had one more thing to do… Let me tell you about my weekend… Grandpa kept his teeth in during his procedure.”



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Mike Francesa
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Mike Francesa

Bink bink bink, bink bink bink, bink, BOOM!

Z.....
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Z.....

He threw at least 2 even more dirty breaking balls tonight. I was sitting behind home plate, and it was just ridiculous

Wood
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Wood

Did you just admit to being at a marlins game?

Billy Zane
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Billy Zane

No shame in going to a game that Fernandez is starting.

Now, going to any OTHER Marlins game…

Z.....
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Z.....

I’ve been a season ticket holder for 18 years now, going to between 50-72 games per season. The only reason that number has slightly gone down over the past couple of years is the rise in prices and personal eye issues. I’m a fan of baseball, Thats all that matters to me. Plus this team has some exciting young players on it with more on the way

dudley
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dudley

You are a true fan, my friend!

Dang
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Dang

Carson, if you’re next not graphs article isn’t about a curveball

That’d be throwing us a curveball

Dang
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Dang

your are’re*

wow I look like a dummy!

DoubleJ
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DoubleJ

He swung Tulo.

Daniel
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Daniel

How often do you see hitters swing UNDER a pitch breaking down? Tulo wasn’t fooled by this except that the pitch didn’t break as much as he expected. This GIF demonstrates the exact opposite point of what the author is tring to make. You want a hitter swinging OVER your down breaking pitches, and under your high heater.

Blair
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Blair

Fernandez’s curveball has much less vertical drop, and much more lateral run. It’s a 2 – 8 slurve. It’s also rated as the best in baseball, by about 2 orders of magnitude, which was pretty obvious, watching this game. 2-0, 3 straight curveballs for a K.

Bugs Bunny
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Bugs Bunny

I do agree Tulo was seeing/guessing curveball. But it looks like Fernandez took just enough off this pitch to get Tulo to swing early.

Steven
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Steven

Yeah, he way way in front of it. Fooled him big time with the speed.

Gyre
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Gyre

Great game. 1 start down, 29 to go.

Mike Trout
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Mike Trout

I am disappointed to see no gif of Felix Hernandez’s changeup tonight. At 88-90 mph, it still starts off at belt-high and ends up in the dirt. The change he threw to Pujols at 90 mph might be the best pitch I have ever seen.

Bugs Bunny
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Bugs Bunny

I taught him that.

Now I just gotta show it to Al Albuquerque.

Z.....
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Z.....

He got Trout on what was either a changeup or a sinking fastball. Either way it was nasty

John Elway
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Grandpa would have spit his teeth out watching that curve.

Just neighing.

Dave P
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Dave P

Both Fernandez and Hernandez were sick last night. After Felix gave up a couple of runs and got pissed, he was lights out, toying with the Angels hitters. The announcers were doing their normal dialogue during both games, but I’m sitting there watching, realizing this is history. These weren’t ho-hum performances.

To make good major league batters look so limited over and over again….it’s just beautiful.

Hoplite
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Hoplite

So it’s definitely a curve then? Pitch f/x classifies it as a curve, the announcers last night referred to it as “a breaking ball” every time but once, when they referred to it as a slider.

Blair
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Blair

According to PitchFX, he throws a Curve & a Slider, but really it’s just the same pitch, that grades out differently depending on whether he is throwing it for a strike (which righties normally duck from), or whether he is throwing it to drop out of the zone. Both are 81-83 mph.

If you look up the pitch quality on Fangraphs, his slider grades out at 5.6, which almost DOUBLE Scherzer, who has the 2nd best. And literally double Kershaw’s Curveball. It’s jawdropping. The concept of the metric is to show how many runs are prevented, per 100 pitches. 5.6 breaks the metric, as it indicates he should be giving up Negative runs, if he relied soloing on that pitch.

And frankly, if you watched the 2nd and 3rd inning, it’s not surprising. What he did to Arenado/Lemahieu is criminal.

Something in the Air
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Something in the Air

One thing we can definitely confirm from the GIF: this is not a home game for the Rox.

Jacks
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Jacks

Looks like Tulo timed it right but swung under it, anticipating even more of a vertical drop?

Yehuda
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Yehuda

I hope he can pitch like this every game

Bomok
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Bomok

That looks, to me, more like a bad sider, instead of a curveball.

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