Originally Posted by 'Hamas' Jenkins
In addition to the curve, Wacha should learn a cutter so that he has a pitch that can eat up lefties.
He evidently has the best changeup in the organization, what the hell does he need another pitch to neutralize lefties for?
A righty can't have a better weapon in his arsenal against lefties than a good changeup. They trail to the armside and they drop right out of the hitting zone after looking like a hanging fastball as the batter starts his swing. Wacha's all set against lefties with that thing.
Besides, I'm with Duncan, the damn cutter tends to diminish a fastball's effectiveness because pitchers fall in love with them. I don't really need to remind you about Izzy's fascination with that !@#$ing thing, do I? I always loved seeing a guy with a 97 mph fastball and a hammer curve float a ****ing 91 mph cutter right into the center of the plate...
Wacha needs to refine his curveball (which presently sucks, IMO), stay on top of his changeup and work on his fastball command (you can see him guiding it fairly often, causing it to straighten out). Those 3 pitches are more than enough for him to handle any lineup and once he starts dicking around with a cutter, it'll be time he spends on it that has him losing the feel for his best 3 pitches.
Cutters are for guys with fading arms, not for guys that throw 96 with a bugs bunny change already.