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- n. Baseball A knuckle ball.
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- n. A knuckleball
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- n. a baseball pitch thrown with little speed or spin
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“But the knuckler is a good waste pitch and if it comes close to the plate, the batter usually goes for it, and even if he hits it, he has a hard time getting a very good piece of it.”
The knuckler is his one payoff pitch; his only weapon against the hitter.
One manifestation of this gut-level dislike of the knuckler was the argument that a pitcher shouldn’t throw the knuckleball as a part of a mixed repertoire; instead, the pitch should be left to specialists.
A flat knuckler is likely to be hit, no matter who's at the plate.
That is precisely what I would expect a fuck-knuckler to observe.
In less than twenty minutes, the Yankees went from flirting with history in an 8-0 laughter to a tension-filled, 8-7 eighth-inning white knuckler.
The lone Mets starter to thrive in the situation is R.A. Dickey, whose devilish knuckler has held batters to a .091 average with the bases juiced.
In his last two starts, Mr. Dickey's knuckler moved 74 times to the left and 85 times to the right (from the pitcher's perspective).
For example, his knuckler moves between 11-13 inches to the right and left, while Mr. Dickey's moves 9-11 inches.
Ales Hemsky sent a pass back to Grebeshkov at the point, and his knuckler got past Ty Conklin.