August 11, 2010

Bard = Filth

Daniel Bard is probably my favourite player on the Red Sox right now. (David Ortiz is in the pantheon, on another level entirely.)

Peter Abraham, Globe:
The best part of the game, clearly, was watching Daniel Bard come in for Lester with the bases loaded and one out in the seventh inning. He struck out Derek Jeter and Nick Swisher on six pitches, all either 98 or 99 mph.

The pitch he threw to get Swisher was a 99-mph two-seam sinking fastball that broke down and away. It was as good a pitch as you'll see anybody throw this season.

"Nobody throws a two-seamer 99," Bill Hall said. "Nobody."

Bard actually went to the video room to look at the pitch again. "That was moving," he said. "Never saw that before."
Swisher:
That last pitch he threw at me, man ... It's not supposed to move like that.
Check out the video. Holy shit! The movement on that pitch is insane. I need a gif of that Swisher pitch. It would be better than 90% of all porn.

Update: Oh, yes.

4 comments:

Benjamin said...

Someone did.

redsock said...

Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm, that's good movement! (/artfern)

FenFan said...

That's a screwball - for a right-handed pitcher, it breaks down and away from a left-handed batter. I agree that is nasss-T!

sam said...

that's some whiffleball movement right there!