Originally Posted by Sir Luke
Down the backstretch of last season I saw a horrifying trend in Cueto. His ERA inflated a bit, but that's not the concern. His two seam was breaking far too quickly out of his hand. If he is running it up to 95 or not, a telegraphed fastball has danger written all over it. A major league hitter should immediately pick up on the seam, anticipate the break and take it for a ride. The scariest part of this is the fact it looks like a great pitch to the pitcher. I fear that Cueto has had an offseason of bullpens where he falls in love with watching his two seams break across the zone and never facing a batter that can punish him for it.
Yea, I have a few thoughts... First is this your observation? Some of what you are saying about hitting and recognizing the two seam isn't in line with what you see at the plate. What does pitch f/x and other sites have to say about the effectiveness of the pitch? Basically, everything you said is bunk IMO... Kind of like the Votto thread. I think if Cueto is in shape and healthy, then his two seam isn't going to be a problem. If something doesn't look right with it then Price will fix it in Goodyear. Guessing about his bullpen sessions is pretty far out there.