MILWAUKEE -- For a pitch to get a nickname, it has to be pretty special.
The origins of Will Smith's slider being called "the slider of death" are unknown, but the moniker certainly fits the effectiveness of the pitch.
Although other relievers throw sliders at a higher percentage -- Smith entered Thursday using the pitch 30.7 percent of the time -- it's hard to argue any pitcher has used any type of pitch better this season.
Hitters are just 4-for-45 (.089 batting average) against Smith's slider this season, as left-handed batters have looked particularly foolish trying to attack the pitch.
"Really? Nice," Smith said when told of the lack of success opposing hitters have had against his slider. "I've got to get those other four guys out. So it still needs to get better."
Smith didn't begin throwing a slider until he was in Double-A in 2011. He was approached by the coaching staff about adding the pitch to his repertoire in an effort to help the then starting pitcher get through a ...