A.J. Burnett's Curveball Racking up Ks
Friday, May 3, 2013 at 5:18PM
David Golebiewski in A.J. Burnett, Pirates, Pittsburgh Pirates, curveball

A.J. Burnett takes the mound tonight against Washington boasting the top strikeout rate (12.3 per nine innings pitched) among National League starters. His hook is the reason why. Burnett's sinister knuckle-curveball has already felled 29 batters this season, which is the highest total for any breaking or off-speed pitch in the majors aside from Yu Darvish's slider. Here are three reasons why Burnett's curveball is so effective, in honor of the many punch outs that the pitch has produced.

Burnett's curveball location in 2013

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