That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet
And that’s how Shakespeare ties into Carlos Torres. It’s time to take a look at Torres and his nasty off-speed pitch, which seems to me to be a slider. But if you go to his FanGraphs page, it shows him throwing four pitches – fastball, cutter, curve and change. Not a slider in sight, or so it would seem. Their breakdown shows 39.7% fastballs, 42.1% cutters, 15.6% curves, 2.6% changes and 0.4% unknown.
Meanwhile, MetsBlog declared that Torres, “throws about 30 percent cutters and 30 percent sliders.”
In his first start of the year, BrooksBaseball broke it down this way:
For the same game, TexasLeaguers had this breakdown:
So, what the heck is Torres’ off-speed pitch? Before we get to that it’s important to note that classifying pitches is just as much art as science. It’s not like each...