cut fastball


: a fastball thrown with sideways spin so that it moves laterally as it nears the plate
… his best pitches are a baffling splitter and a cut fastball that bores in on right-handed hitters.Rob Neyer

called also cutter

Examples of cut fastball in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Last year opposing batters hit .203 against his cut fastball and .119 against the slider. Paul Hoynes, cleveland, 12 Sep. 2023 There were six changeups, four breaking balls, three cut fastballs, and two sinkers. Peter Abraham,, 29 May 2023 On the second pitch from Oakland Athletics reliever Trevor May, Rutschman launched a center-cut fastball 405 feet to right-center field to deliver the Orioles their first walk-off win of the season, 8-7. Jacob Calvin Meyer, Baltimore Sun, 13 Apr. 2023 The 27-year-old Florida native relied on his cut fastball 31.6% of the time last season, though batters hit .284 with a .431 slugging percentage on the pitch. Ryan Ford, Detroit Free Press, 9 Apr. 2023 And Pérez went back to his mix of a sinker and excellent changeup and folded in more cut fastballs to set a career high in strikeouts. Dallas News, 20 Feb. 2023 Arizona’s Luis Gonzalez, a lefty batter, stepped up against Rivera, the right-hander known for his signature cut fastball. Christian Red, Forbes, 18 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1970, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cut fastball was in 1970

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“Cut fastball.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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