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fastball, heater, smoke, hummer, bulletnoun
(baseball) a pitch thrown with maximum velocity
"he swung late on the fastball"; "he showed batters nothing but smoke"
Any of the variations of high speed pitches thrown in baseball
A four-seam fastball, which is a backspin pitch thrown with a ball gripped in the direction to cause four of the seams of the ball to cross the flight path and released with roughly equal pressure by the index and middle fingers
The pitcher had a blazing fastball.
The fastball is the most common type of pitch thrown by pitchers in baseball and softball. "Power pitchers," such as former American major leaguers Nolan Ryan and Roger Clemens, rely on speed to prevent the ball from being hit, and have thrown fastballs at speeds of 95–105 miles per hour (153–169 km/h) (officially) and up to 108.1 miles per hour (174.0 km/h) (unofficially). Pitchers who throw more slowly can put movement on the ball, or throw it on the outside of home plate where batters can't easily reach it. Fastballs are usually thrown with backspin, so that the Magnus effect creates an upward force on the ball. This causes it to fall less rapidly than expected, and sometimes causes an optical illusion often called a rising fastball. Although it is impossible for a human to throw a baseball fast enough and with enough backspin for the ball to actually rise, to the batter the pitch seems to rise due to the unexpected lack of natural drop on the pitch. A straight pitch is achieved by gripping the ball with the fingers across the wide part of the seam (called a "four-seam fastball") so that both the index and middle fingers are touching two seams perpendicularly. A sinking fastball is thrown by gripping it across the narrow part (a "two-seam fastball") so that both the index and middle fingers are along a seam. Lateral motion is achieved by holding a four-seam fastball off-center (a "cut fastball"), and sinking action with a lateral break is thrown by splitting the fingers along the seams (a "split-finger fastball"). Colloquially, a fastball pitcher "throws heat" or "puts cream on it", among many other variants.
The fastball is the most common type of pitch in baseball. Some "power pitchers," such as Nolan Ryan and Roger Clemens have thrown it at speeds of 95–106 mph and up to 108.1 mph, relying purely on speed to prevent the ball from being hit. Others throw more slowly but put movement on the ball or throw it on the outside of the plate where the batter cannot easily reach it. The appearance of a faster pitch to the batter can sometimes be achieved by minimizing the batter's vision of the ball before its release. The result is known as an "exploding fastball": a pitch that seems to arrive at the plate quickly despite its low velocity. Fastballs are usually thrown with backspin, so that the Magnus effect creates an upward force on the ball, causing it to fall less rapidly than might be expected. A pitch on which this effect is most marked is often called a "rising fastball", as the ball appears to rise to the batter. Colloquially, use of the fastball is called throwing heat or putting steam on it, among many other variants. Gripping the ball with the fingers across the wide part of the seam so that both the index finger and middle finger are touching two seams perpendicularly produces a straight pitch, gripping it across the narrow part so that both the index finger and middle finger are along a seam produces a sinking fastball, holding a four-seam fastball off-center imparts lateral movement to the fastball, and splitting the fingers along the seams produces a sinking action with a lateral break.
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The numerical value of fastball in Chaldean Numerology is: 7
The numerical value of fastball in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
Examples of fastball in a Sentence
The life on his fastball tonight, I thought early in the ballgame, the first couple of innings is as hard as I've seen him throw, maybe ever, and we've seen him a lot.
I didn’t really have good fastball velocity, i didn’t feel like I could just reach back and throw it 95 or 96 and blow someone up. It was a lot more trying to be crafty.
My fastball command was pretty good, i felt it had good metrics to it. It was one of my higher carry days of the season. That’s good to see. That’s one of my strong points. I think it’s the highest that it’s been this year. I felt like I located it pretty well.
I felt good on the mound, I felt really good with my pitches, about maybe the fifth inning where I was like, ‘ OK it’s a possibility. ’ Just felt like my fastball was really good today. I felt like I was able to pretty much put where I wanted to.
It was fastball command all night, that opened everything up for the off-speed.
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