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New Relief Arms F/x

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As you can see, Shouse's sinker dives in to lefties while his slider is a nice complement, breaking away. Neither is thrown exceptionally hard.

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Both of Nelson's main pitches break in to righties, and they have to look remarkably alike to the hitter, causing confusion.

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So Cormier added that splitter, and saw an immediate step-up in performance. Probably because he used it in place of his fastball, which looks awfully straight.