Stephen Strasburg's grip
In case you haven't already memorized what Stephen Strasburg's various pitch grips look like, MASN and Rob Dibble offered a primer on Sunday. I found it interesting. The words are all Dibble's.
"The four-seam fastball grip, and by four-seam, [that means] when it rotates backwards, all four seams are rotating back. And look at the size of his middle finger, he gets almost all the way around the ball on that one."
"Two-seam, sinker, low to mid 90s, and only he and [Ubaldo] Jimenez feature that pitch right now in the Major Leagues. And he actually holds it kind of a hybrid. Most guys hold in in between the two seams; he's on the seam with his middle finger."
"Here's the slider, very common grip. Get that middle finger, get the seam on the outside part, and then you throw it over the top and you pull down towards your left knee."
"And then the circle change, maybe one of the hardest in the Major Leagues right now at 90-plus miles an hour. And there you see the circle finger right there on the inside, and two up top. And you have the same arm speed as a fastball, but the grip slows it down."
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