STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Here at DK Pittsburgh Sports, we've had a lot of fun talking about pitching over the first three months of the season.
Whether it be trying to make sense of Chris Archer's season, finding fixes for the bullpen or offering theories as to why Steven Brault has suddenly become the team's de-facto ace, we've talked about the hurlers quite a bit in Mound Visit to date.
The Pirates have played 82 games as of this writing -- just over the halfway point -- and that makes today a perfect time to highlight those pitches deserving of recognition - those missiles, breakers and knee-benders that are worthy of the spotlight. These awards might have titles you're familiar with, others might be a bit more tongue in cheek. Today we'll start with the four-seam fastballs.
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We'll start with a classic high school superlative. Felipe Vazquez's slider is his best pitch. No question about that. But let's give it up for his four-seam fastball, which has a wide range of utility to it.