Judging the Royals

August 24, 2013 9:57 AM

Bruce Chen and the putaway pitch

A putaway pitch is a pitch thrown to a batter that has two strikes. It’s a pitch that starts in the zone, then moves out of it. It’s often a slider or split-finger pitch, thrown with enough velocity to get the batter moving his bat to protect the zone with two strikes, and then the movement takes over—the pitch moves out of the zone and the batter swings and misses. It’s called a putaway pitch because it puts the batter away.

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