Well... yes and no.Originally Posted by StillFunkyB
I think people aren't exactly right when they say "you have to have other pitches to keep hitters from sitting on the fastball." Not when talking about an elite fastball. From everything I've ever heard coming out of hitters' mouths, if a pitcher's fastball is sufficiently fast, they HAVE to sit on it to have a chance, and they hope to be able to adjust to the offspeed stuff.
So for a pitcher like Bailey, the offspeed stuff isn't about keeping hitters from sitting on his fastball, it's about making them pay for sitting on it. And that's where the quality of the pitch comes in.