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The Beckett Cutter

Brian MacPherson at the ProJo Sox Blog wonders if Josh Beckett will keep his cutter under new pitching coach Curt Young:

When looking at Beckett's season, the number of cutters he threw stands out right away. The number of changeups stands out, too. The number of fastballs he threw, predictably, dropped from more than 67 percent down to 54 percent. The number of curveballs he threw dropped, too.

"He had time to sit when he was hurt, and he was watching Lester and Buchholz throwing those cutters," Red Sox manager Terry Francona said. "All of a sudden, he started doing that. He'd throw one good one, then he'd throw three bad ones. But that happens. They're human. That's a part of what makes the game interesting."

Beckett's cutter worked well against right-handed batters, as he kept the pitch away:

Josh Beckett, cut fastball versus right-handed batters, 2010That led to a .269/.316/.365 slash line.  Against left-handed batters, however, he left pitches over the plate.

Josh Beckett, cut fastball versus left-handed batters, 2010The lefties ended up slugging .564 against him on his cutters.  Maybe Josh should simply stop throwing them to lefties.


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