In 2017, the Year of the Breaking Ball, the Fall Classic may ultimately come down to which side masters the curveball and slider — both from the mound and at the plate.
All eyes now turn to the sky. Not long after the Red Sox beat the Astros, 10-3, in Game 3 of the American League Division Series presented by Doosan on Sunday, the grounds crew pulled the tarp over the Fenway Park infield in anticipation of rain that’s expected in the area Monday.
Brandon Waddell can’t quite pinpoint when he was first anointed with his ‘Big Game’ nickname – it was either during the University of Virginia’s College World Series run in 2014 or 2015, he said – but he’s not complaining about it, and based on his playoff track record, it looks like it might just stick.
Rich Hill certainly feels the magic in Miami. The left-hander struck out nine and did not walk a batter in the Dodgers’ 3-2 win on Sunday to complete a three-game sweep of the Marlins. It marked the Dodgers’ Major League-leading 11th sweep of the season and ninth consecutive victory.
For Andrew Moore, the learning curve is going to come with, well, learning when to throw his curve and other off-speed offerings. And that process continued Saturday for the Mariners rookie right-hander, who threw six innings of three-run ball for his third consecutive quality start to open his career.
Starter Mike Fiers battled through an inconsistent outing in the Astros’ 7-2 loss to the Blue Jays on Saturday, but his in-game adjustments allowed him to push through six innings and prevent Houston’s bullpen from another taxing game.
Brendon Little is the name and he comes from State College of Florida
Padres manager Andy Green is fully aware his team is having trouble with the curve.
The Rogers Centre was transformed on Thursday night as the annual Curve Ball Gala was held in support of the Jays Care Foundation. Blue Jays players and coaches were on hand as fans, supporters and sponsors came together to raise money for Canadian youths in need.
In dreams, Rockies right-hander German Marquez’s final-pitch curveball Thursday would have had Twins heavy hitter Miguel Sano whiffing and the ball hit the dirt.
While Joe Musgrove tries to pitch his way into the Astros’ starting rotation to begin the season, the young right-hander is working on refining his curveball to be able to throw it more often to more hitters.