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The Knuckler

As you may have noticed, I am fascinated by the knuckleball. Wake is having another great year. John Farrell recently said in this great article breaking down most of the pitchers about Wakefield: "He's 42, yet he continues to evolve and improve." How does that happen?

Meanwhile, PawSox righty Charlie Zink is dominating this year. His stats are out of this world: 11-3, 2.54 ERA, 1.07 WHIP. Zink is 28 years old and seems to be ready to be given a shot (see the NY Times article about him from June). But I don't know how they'd use him. He's too old to really trade for much and there's no room for him in the rotation, or in the pen. He used to throw 95 mph in college and, most interesting to me, uses a change up as his secondary pitch. I have no clue why that works?

Lastly, the Sox get a taste of their own medicine tonight when they face Seattle's righthanded knuckler R.A. Dickey. While Zink was undrafted and Wake was a (bad) minor league first baseman, Dickey was a major league pitcher and 18th overall pick for the Rangers before becoming a knuckler. Dickey throws his knuckler much harder than Wake and can burn a fastball in there sometimes still. You can watch a pretty interesting video here of an ESPN reporter trying to catch his knuckler.

Side note: does it make me smaat to be interested in this, just like the NY Times which had articles on Zink and Dickey this year (both linked above) or does it take the gray lady down a peg or two?

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