Definition of fastball
: a baseball pitch thrown at full speed and often appearing to rise slightly as it nears the plate
fastballerplay \ˈfas(t)-ˌbȯ-lər\ noun
Examples of fastball in a Sentence
He struck him out with a fastball.
Recent Examples of fastball from the Web
Chris Sale faces the Orioles for the first time since throwing a fastball behind the legs of Baltimore star Manny Machado last month.
His single to center field off a 99.8-mph fastball drove in Derek Dietrich, gave the Marlins the lead and proved to be the difference in Miami’s 6-5 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday afternoon.
Epstein acknowledged his hitters' recent flaws, such as chasing elevated fastballs and breaking balls, not using the entire field and not hitting with runners in scoring position.
Tied up by Kevin Abel’s outstanding breaking pitches last week, Schmitt and the Titans were hunting Abel’s fastball in the fourth round of the San Diego Section Open Division playoffs.
But on Monday his gifts were on full display: two-seam and four-seam fastballs (the latter still hitting 95) that were spotted inside and out, along with a changeup, a curveball and his latest addition, a slider.
Merrifield opened the scoring in the bottom of the third, attacking a 2-1 fastball from Detroit starter Daniel Norris and depositing the baseball into the seats down the left-field line.
Cashner didn’t fall behind much and threw strikes consistently with his fastball.
He was known for a lively fastball, a hitter-freezing curveball and a tendency to throw at hitters who crowded the plate.
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Definition of fastball for English Language Learners
baseball : a pitch that is thrown at full speed : a very fast pitch
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