Assorted Two-Seam And Four-Seam Slowballs

Odd note from tonight: The two starting pitchers in the game have the third-lowest and seventh-lowest fastball velocities in the National League. Only R.A. Dickey and Livan Hernandez had slower fastballs in 2011 than Shaun Marcum, and Josh Collmenter's fastball averaged just .5 more miles per hour than Marcum's. There's a good chance that we won't see a fastball over 90 until the mid or late innings.

In the other playoff game going on right now, the Yankees have the pitcher with the 16th-fastest average fastball in the American League. Some guy named Burnett. I don't want to draw conclusions here, but I'm starting to think that velocity isn't the only thing that matters for a starting pitcher.

Marcum's fastball plays faster than it is because he complements that with one of the best change-ups in the game. Collmenter's plays faster because of his freaky, hatchet-derived delivery. Both of them are freaks, but we're not here to judge.

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