Is the cutter a breaking ball? Topic

The distinction between a cutter and a slider is extremely faint; there is no clear line defining when it is one or the other, and not a lot of pitchers actually throw both regularly.  So I think saying that definitively one is one thing and one is the other is hazy.  I would tend to call a cutter a fastball and a slider a breaking ball, but the cutter to a great extent is a little bit of both.  To say that the delivery of one is altered and the other is not seems silly.
6/28/2013 4:32 PM
I think the velocity is the deciding factor. Most major league fastballs, even four seamers move somewhat. A cut fastball is usually going to be thrown in the high 80s and low 90s, where most breaking pitches are thown in the mid to low 80s.
6/28/2013 4:44 PM
If Freddy Garcia threw a cutter it would be slower than many pitchers' sliders.  I think absolute velocity is a lot less significant than relative velocity...
6/28/2013 6:34 PM
I agree. But his four seamer would also be slower most pitchers cut fastballs. No one would consider his slow four seamer a breaking ball.
6/28/2013 6:43 PM
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