Left-handed pitchers pitching to left-handed batters, and right-handed pitchers pitching to right-handed batters have an advantage over the hitter. A curve ball or slider thrown by a left-handed pitcher will break down and away from a left-handed hitter, and vice-versa. Even fast balls tend to move away from the hitter. This makes it harder to hit.
Also, the hitter doesn't "see the ball" as well when the pitcher is releasing the ball from the same side that the hitter stands on. Not only that, but the illusion (created by the difference in angle) is that the pitched ball is coming from a point behind the hitter or at the hitter and then over the plate as opposed to seeing the pitch out in front the whole way when pitched from the opposite side of the hitter.
Statistics show that most left-hitters have a lower average, more strike-outs and fewer home runs off lefties than against right-handers. The difference is much more pronounced with some hitters than with others.
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Pitchers throw harder... by a little bit.
Not sure that this is true, it may just seem that way because there are more right handed pitchers than lefties. There has surely been a lot of hard throwing lefthanders; Herb Score, Sandy Koufax and Steve Carlton are three oldtimers than come quickly to mind. There is also an old baseball adage that a lefthander cannot throw a straight ball, but I don't think there is any physical evidence to prove that. There is no physiological basis to the statement that right handers throw harder than left handers.
14 no hitters
Major League pitchers throw at an average of 91.1mph.
Yes, he is lefthanded.
He is most likely to be lefthanded.
None. The New York Mets, who entered the National League in 1962, have yet to have a pitcher throw a no hitter, although they have had 33 pitchers hurl one-hitters as of June 3, 2010.
18 no-hitters for the red sox
Skill's and talent but lets not forget the practice!
No they do not you have to throw the ball to a base to get an out.
lefthanded--He was actually expected not to be anything.
It is a pitcher's park for sure.
A left handed hitter only hits right handed people
right handed pitchers throw breaking balls that break AWAY from right handed hitters and vice versa, thus it is generally considered more difficult for a right handed batter to hit righties. There are exceptions, the 'screwball' is an example. Generally a right hander wants to throw it only to a lefthander. Its not that common of a pitch. Recently the most notable example was Fernando Valenzuela and lesser known Jim Mecir.
Hitters vs pitchers autographsThis is not necessarily true. There are many pitchers whose signatures are more valuable than hitters from the same time period. It is possible that overall there are more hitters with valuable signatures than pitchers but this is due to popularity. Supply and demand dictate value. Regardless of popularity (demand) the number of signatures available in the market will be the bottom line on value. Hitters have always been more popular than pitchers and have a higher fan base. This might be the reason why Hitters hold the bulk of the value in autograph prices.
The DH then proceeds to first base.