: being slower than usual or expected
throwing off-speed pitches

Examples of off-speed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The cutter darts the other direction, giving him a weapon to throw in against left-handed hitters who had previously just looked for off-speed pitches away. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, 4 June 2024 Voegele’s command of his off-speed pitches held West Aurora up throughout the game. Paul Johnson, Chicago Tribune, 25 May 2024 Indeed, after establishing his fastball earlier, Glasnow mixed in more of his off-speed pitches his second and third times through the Twins’ overmatched lineup. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, 10 Apr. 2024 Leading off against Ryne Nelson, Lee whacked a low off-speed offering over the head of McCarthy in right and to the warning track, easily chugging into second base for a double. Evan Webeck, The Mercury News, 29 Feb. 2024 Cabrera remains a solid strikeout pitcher, and his changeup is one of the best off-speed pitches in MLB. Jon Hoefling, USA TODAY, 18 Jan. 2024 He's known for his unique delivery and ability to hit triple digits with his fastball, which is nicely complemented by an array of off-speed pitches that include a curveball and splitter. Dean Fioresi, CBS News, 21 Dec. 2023 The putting cups feature a soft-rimmed plastic that rejects off-line or off-speed putts, only accepting perfect shots. Rebecca Jones, Southern Living, 7 Dec. 2023 With each pitch, Ohtani is acquiring data — about the break of a particular off-speed pitch, for example. Bruce Schoenfeld, New York Times, 30 Sep. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1951, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of off-speed was in 1951

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“Off-speed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/off-speed. Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

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