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    Daisuke Matsuzaka - "Gyroball"?

    I see that Daisuke Matsuzaka is pitching for the Boston Red Sox today.

    I keep on hearing that he throws a "gyroball"

    Other than taking one of those Greek Sandwiches that you buy after a night of drinking and wadding it up into a ball, can anyone explain what exactly a gyroball is?



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    Re: Daisuke Matsuzaka - "Gyroball"?

    There was a great piece on sportscenter last night/ this morning regarding it. Basically it has the spin of a breaking ball/slider but moves in a straight line. When a pitcher throws a curveball, the seems tumble over each other creating a "red dot" that the batters can pick up on and theoretically wait on. Same with a slider. The gyroball has the same affect, but comes in faster and never breaks.
    The report had a physician and a baseball guy talking about it and said it really is a "mistake" pitch that was discovered, because what pitcher wants to throw a straight pitch that's a little slower than a fastball. But you have to be able to have a good breaking ball to set up the gyroball...

    That's my understanding...`


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    Re: Daisuke Matsuzaka - "Gyroball"?

    What time are the Bo Sox on?


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    Re: Daisuke Matsuzaka - "Gyroball"?

    To add to what isuarch80 posted, others have also claimed it to be like a changeup with screwball esque movement. I'm looking forward to seeing it.



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    Re: Daisuke Matsuzaka - "Gyroball"?

    I have also heard it may not even be real, just a myth, like the Loch Ness monster of pitching.

    No matter what, I hope the Red Sox get creamed.



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    Re: Daisuke Matsuzaka - "Gyroball"?

    i have seen him pitch on mlb.tv three times. the gyro ball is a cut fastball that cuts more than anyone elses. i have the same action on my cutter but mine only goes about 60mph as his goes 90mph. he just has such a great repertoire of pitches that he fools a lot of really good hitters. he has a 12-6 curve as well as a 2-8 curve. he has two really good change ups also. he fools so many hitters that announcers are quick to dub a pitch the gyroball even though it may have been a straight change or a simple slider.

    the knock of diceK is that has never faced adversity. he has never failed in baseball. so there is no gauge as to how he will respond when a team scores 4 first inning runs. he is a mystery he could be great or he could be the next hideki "fat toad" irabu.



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    Re: Daisuke Matsuzaka - "Gyroball"?

    I hope Matsuzaka gets lit up like the 4th of July. Welcome to America!

    Go Royals!



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    Re: Daisuke Matsuzaka - "Gyroball"?

    Quote Originally Posted by cowboycurtis View Post
    I hope Matsuzaka gets lit up like the 4th of July. Welcome to America!
    Amen!!

    Go Yankees!!!!!!!!!!


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    Re: Daisuke Matsuzaka - "Gyroball"?

    I like Japanese players, the same way I like Euros in the NBA. I hope he succeeds, but as a Royals fan, I hope he get completely pummeled today.




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    Re: Daisuke Matsuzaka - "Gyroball"?

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sboi0EWp8ao"]YouTube - Broadcast Yourself.[/ame]

    here is a video of it



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    Re: Daisuke Matsuzaka - "Gyroball"?

    Its just another variation of a curve ball like a slider or a cutter, it just has a little bit of a different spin/break. There are only so many ways you can grip/throw a pitch.



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    Re: Daisuke Matsuzaka - "Gyroball"?

    Quote Originally Posted by cowboycurtis View Post
    I hope Matsuzaka gets lit up like the 4th of July. Welcome to America!

    Go Royals!
    So I take it that you are a native american?



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    Re: Daisuke Matsuzaka - "Gyroball"?

    Quote Originally Posted by ajjohnson View Post
    So I take it that you are a native american?
    good point on that.



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    Re: Daisuke Matsuzaka - "Gyroball"?

    Quote Originally Posted by ajjohnson View Post
    So I take it that you are a native american?

    lol What does that have to do with it? If he isnt born in America it is totally different. Just because your great great grandfather came over from a different country, that means you cant lay claim to this being your country? He is a foreigner, and he made a joke about it.



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