There is no secret that Lucas Sims’ curveball is his best off-speed pitch, a breaking ball that when at its best spins from the top to the bottom of the zone with effortless ease and buckles batters’ knees. When the pitch is effective, he mixes it in with a fastball that consistently zips through the zone in the mid 90s and a changeup that works low in the zone to get groundball outs.
But over the span of his previous three starts, the spin on his curveball wasn’t there. The 20-year-old said he hadn’t necessarily lost it, but the lack of spin resulted in longer at-bats and more pitches in the zone that usually resulted in prolonged innings.
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