from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Sports Slower than expected: an off-speed pitch; an off-speed backhand.

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  • adj. Being a pitch thrown at a slower speed than a fastball, such as a change-up.


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  • Garcia kept the young Rays lineup off-balance with his array of off-speed pitches, and the one time he did get in trouble—with Evan Longoria at the plate and men on base—Granderson tracked down a 400-foot liner to the wall with a full-speed, running catch to end the inning.

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  • His best off-speed pitch is his curveball, which Binghamton manager Wally Backman said is already good enough to fool major-league hitters.

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  • "Fastball command was huge, and being able to put some off-speed pitches in for strikes on fastball counts was big," Weaver said.

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  • And he's getting away with his off-speed pitches because the Rangers have never faced him before.

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  • But once he showed he could catch up to them, pitchers threw him more off-speed pitches.

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  • So in the improbable event that Young found himself facing Bixler in that situation, he would be more likely to start with an off-speed pitch or something at the edge of the strike zone.

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  • Mark Teixeira, Nick Swisher, and to some extent Curtis Granderson are streaky hitters who kill poor pitching—and fastballs especially—but can be undone by good pitchers with above-average off-speed stuff.

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  • And his curveball wasn't polished enough to be his lone off-speed pitch.

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  • His mid-90s fastball is useful primarily in that it sets up his off-speed pitches.

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  • He threw all his pitches effectively, from his off-speed stuff that darted down into the dirt to his power fastball that he blew past hitters high in the zone.

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