19 January 2022
Fastballs are all about speed. The faster they are, the more likely they are to get on base. But how fast does a fastball have to be in order for it to rise? A general rule of thumb is that a ball needs to travel at least 20 miles per hour in order to rise.
But is this accurate? What if the pitcher stands closer to the batter? Does that mean that they’ll need more velocity in order for it to rise?
Find out the truth behind fastballs and their rise with this article!
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The Truth About the Fastball
A fastball is a ball that travels very quickly. The faster it is, the more likely it will get on base. However, there’s one thing that we often forget about fastballs: how much does it need to be rising?
A general rule of thumb is that a ball needs to travel at least 20 miles per hour in order to rise.
But what if the pitcher stands closer to the batter? Does that mean they’ll need more velocity in order for it to rise?
When you stand closer to home plate, your momentum actually transfers into the ball when you release it. This means that the pitcher won’t have to rely on their velocity as much when they throw their pitch in order for it to rise. It also means that if the pitcher throws from farther away, they’ll have an easier time getting a ball up with their velocity alone because they don’t have anything transferring momentum into them when they release the ball. This also means that even though most pitchers are taught to throw with speed, not all of them are taught how far back they should stand in order for their pitches to rise properly.
What Is a Fastball?
A fastball is a type of pitch thrown in baseball. It’s made up of four parts: the windup, the delivery, the pitch itself, and the follow-through.
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What Makes a Fastball Rise?
A fastball is a ball that is thrown with a lot of velocity. It can be either a sinking or rising fastball, but most fastballs are rising because they make the batter swing at a pitch that they cannot see.
The best way to figure out what makes a fastball rise is to understand the physics behind it. The laws of physics state that an object will only rise if it has enough kinetic energy. In other words, speed matters when it comes to air resistance. When a ball leaves the pitcher’s hand, the air creates drag on the ball with an equal and opposite force to gravity acting on it.
This action causes the ball to have more kinetic energy as it moves through the air and less gravitational potential energy. This is why some fastballs seem to shoot upwards as they reach a batter for a strikeout or pop up in the infield for an out.
However, this is not always true for every pitch because there are certain factors that can affect how much kinetic energy a ball has per unit time, including temperature and humidity levels as well as the speed of the wind and elevation changes.
How to Throw a Fastball
If you’re the pitcher, one of the most important things to remember is that your arm should be straight. The ball should leave your hand on a direct line with where you’re aiming. There are two ways to throw a fastball. One way is called the “four-seam” fastball, which is thrown with your fingers at the top of the ball, gripping it tightly on all sides. This will give it more velocity and make it rise more. Another way is called the “two-seam” fastball, which is thrown with your fingers near the seams of the ball. This grip will make it sink more and won’t be as fast or rise as much as a four-seam fastball.
Mechanics of a fastball
In order to understand the truth behind a fastball, you first need to know how a fastball works. A fastball is all about speed and not about height or rotation. When a ball is thrown, it needs enough speed and rotation to be able to break through the strike zone. But how much speed does it need?
The general rule of thumb is that a ball needs to travel at least 20 miles per hour in order for it to rise. However, this is not always accurate as there are factors that can affect the trajectory of the ball such as air density and altitude. For example, if there’s more air resistance on a hot day than there would be on a cold day, then the ball will travel more downward due to the air density of the heat rising up from the ground and meeting with cool air from above.
So, the next time someone brings up the old argument of whether a fastball can really rise, you can confidently say, “no.”
But that doesn’t mean fastballs aren’t incredible. They’re a pitcher’s bread and butter, and a batter’s worst nightmare. And while you can’t make a fastball rise by throwing it a certain way, there are plenty of ways you can trick a batter.