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Ben
05-23-2008, 09:10 PM
I'm writing a paper for my physics class at school about the history and physics of a curveball and I need some input from you about who in the majors currently has the best curveball. At the moment, the only two pitchers that I've come up with are Barry Zito and Josh Beckett :( Input would be great! Thanks!

Homer Bailey
05-23-2008, 09:43 PM
Off the top of my head I'm gonna say Ben Sheets.

JWP
05-23-2008, 09:48 PM
Adam Wainwright on the Cardinals has a pretty disgusting curveball.

jmac
05-23-2008, 09:54 PM
Off the top of my head I'm gonna say Ben Sheets.

Think I agree with you.

jt4prez
05-23-2008, 09:58 PM
Beckett has the best Curve in the game today. Felix Hernandez also has a filthy Curveball that he throws at around 88-90 MPH. I hope you mentioned Sandy Koufax in the paper. Nobody had a better yacker than Koufax.

jmac
05-23-2008, 10:02 PM
Beckett has the best Curve in the game today. Felix Hernandez also has a filthy Curveball that he throws at around 88-90 MPH. I hope you mentioned Sandy Koufax in the paper. Nobody had a better yacker than Koufax.

Dont get to see the AL guys as much to really judge them.
What was Carlton's bread & buttter , curve or slider? Whatever it was, it was the a dandy during that time span as far as lefties.

texasdave
05-23-2008, 10:58 PM
I think Bert Blyleven was known for his 'Uncle Charlie'.

dougflynn23
05-23-2008, 11:46 PM
:) The best I've ever seen are Bert Blyleven, Dwight Gooden, Bob Knepper and Ken Holtzman. Kerry Wood as a rookie had a comparible one as well.

Best Reds curveball I have seen - Charlie Leibrandt.

Jr's Boy
05-24-2008, 02:10 AM
Tim Lincecum of the Giants.

NarrowStairs
05-25-2008, 02:46 AM
Zito's breaks the most. Beckett's is probably the hardest.

Affeldt's looks pretty damn good. Best in the game? No. Closer than we think? Yes.

jhiller21
05-25-2008, 03:18 AM
Zito in his prime had a really nasty one... but Beckett wins, it falls off the table in a hurry.

Todd Jones used to have a pretty good one too.

adampad
05-25-2008, 10:18 AM
I'm a sucker for those big sweeping curveballs. Affeldt's is really really good. And what about Arroyo? He has a nasty side to side like curve.

SarasotaFan
05-25-2008, 11:22 AM
My vote goes to Beckett

Betterread
05-25-2008, 12:07 PM
1. Beckett - best late break and most consistent pitch
2. Lincecum - his fundy windup helps his deception
3. Zito - might be #1 when he's throwing well, which he hasn't been doing this year

UC_Ken
05-25-2008, 01:42 PM
Adam Wainwright on the Cardinals has a pretty disgusting curveball.

I remember the nasty backdoor curveball he threw to clinch the NLCS a couple years ago. When I saw this question that was the first name that came to my mind but I haven't seen the Cardinals I'm not ssurre if it's as nasty now that he's in the rotation.

NastyBoy
05-27-2008, 01:51 PM
:) The best I've ever seen are Bert Blyleven, Dwight Gooden, Bob Knepper and Ken Holtzman. Kerry Wood as a rookie had a comparible one as well.

Best Reds curveball I have seen - Charlie Leibrandt.

Doc Gooden's in his prime had the nastiest curveball of his day.

levydl
05-27-2008, 03:17 PM
Chris Welch

SarasotaFan
05-27-2008, 11:55 PM
Actually this kid from my little league named Zach Tyler had the nastiest one...

LexingtonLegend
05-28-2008, 09:39 AM
Has anyone seen Clayton Kershaw's bender? He gets my vote!