Most groundball pitchers rely heavily pitches with good downward movement (sink), such as the sinker, the two-seam fastball, and the splitter/forkball. These pitches are used to 'jam' hitters, causing them to hit the ball into the ground, and to an infielder. As a result, many groundball pitchers have a very high groundout to flyout ratio (GO-AO), and a high number of double plays turned.
Currently active and successful groundball pitchers include perennial GO-AO league leaders Roy Halladay and Chien-Ming Wang, as well as Cleveland's Fausto Carmona and Jake Westbrook, the Dodgers' Derek Lowe, the Cubs' Carlos Zambrano, and Arizona's Brandon Webb.
TWINS 11, SEATTLE 2; Twins give Ortiz all help he needs; The righthander got groundball after groundball and won with ease as Minnesota got 15 hits to beat Seattle.(SPORTS)
Apr 18, 2007; Byline: La Velle E. Neal III; Staff Writer Seattle, Wash. -- On the first pitch on Tuesday night, Ichiro Suzuki went from being...