What does that mean? 3-9 cutter?
All these numbers being thrown around are referring to the plane on which the ball breaks on a hypothetical clock. A cutter from a right handed pitcher is going to break side to side away from the pitcher's arm side. Meaning a right handed pitcher that throws this pitch will have a break on it that breaks away from a right handed hitter. A lot of times they will start this pitch inside on a right handed hitter and it will cut towards the inside corner in the hope that it will come all the way back to the strike zone. hence the 3-9. Start out from a right handed pitcher at 3 and work straight across to 9.
Mariano Rivera has the best cutter in the history of baseball.
This post was edited on 4/10 at 10:16 am