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In Scoreless Ninth, Sox Knuckleball Pitcher Steven Wright Picks Up Save Against Mets

A Rotoworld item notes Steven Wright’s performance in the Sox’s September 16 game against the New York Mets. The knuckleball pitcher pitched a scoreless ninth inning to pick up a save against the Mets on Sunday. Wright walked one and struck out one… Wright was able to get his work in and also pick up […]

The Boston Red Sox Are Happy with Knuckleballer Steven Wright’s Return to Mound; Atlanta Braves Batters, Not So Happy

Easing back into the game after several weeks on the disabled list, knuckleballer Steven Wright pitched a scoreless inning in an 8-2 Red Sox victory over the Atlanta Braves on Labor Day. Alex Speier reports that Wright threw an impressive number of strikes, with 17 of his 23 pitches (74 percent) either landing in the […]

Knuckleball Pitcher Steven Wright Is Back In Play

Several days ago we were seeing reports that good news was coming for knuckleballer Steven Wright, who had been away from the mound for several weeks because of trouble with his knee. Red Sox right-hander Steven Wright is expected to come off the disabled list and join the team Saturday, manager Alex Cora said…. “Steven […]

Knuckleballer Steven Wright Doing Great In Pitching Practice; PLUS From Boggs to Biondic

In batting practice last Friday—his first time on the mound since late June—knuckleball pitcher Steven Wright did well enough to earn the happy enthusiasm of Red Sox manager Alex Cora. The Boston Globe reports that Wright threw 35 pitches over two innings of live batting practice at Tropicana Field. Wright faced a pair of Gulf […]

Come Back to Knuckleball Pitching, Steven Wright (When You’re Ready)

We’re hearing good reports of knuckleball pitcher Steven Wright’s progress, and keeping our fingers crossed that he’ll be in action again before this MLB season expires. Slow and steady wins the race, in this case. Wright acknowledges that he pushed himself and his post-op knee a bit too hard, too fast when he returned to […]

Knuckleballer Steven Wright, On Mend, Will Likely Pitch Again This Season; PLUS: Life After Knuckleball for Dickey and Zink

Early in the 2017 season, Steven Wright had major knee surgery that kept him off the mound for the rest of the season. This year, although he got a late start, he lobbed his knuckleball excellently for several weeks before inflammation of that knee put him back on the disabled list. He is still out […]

Graser Used to Just Fool Around with the Knuckleball, but Now…

Here’s another up-and-coming young knuckleballer reported to be a skilled practitioner of the wobbly art: Matt Graser of the Badlands Big Sticks. About a game played in early July, by Shelby Reardon in the Dickinson Press, Reardon writes: Once again, Matt Graser did his thing. The Badlands Big Sticks pitcher relied heavily on his knuckleball, […]

Blandino’s Pitching Makes for a “rough at-bat”

We’re thinking again about infielder and surprise-knuckleballer Alex Blandino. Thank Kenny Kelly’s SB Nation article asking “Who is the best position player to pitch in 2018?” He notes that by mid-July 27 position players had been drafted as pitchers. And the issue is who “has the best stuff.” Blandino, of the Cincinnati Reds, did not […]

Knuckleballer R.A. Dickey’s Best First-Half Performance; PLUS: Kratz Knuckleball Is Back

A few days ago, R.A. Dickey’s breakout season was recalled in Kirk Meyer’s New York Daily News article “Best first-half performances by Yankees and Mets pitchers.” 2012: R.A. Dickey, Mets (12-1, 2.40 ERA, 123 strikeouts) Dickey caught lightning in a bottle with his knuckleball in 2012. At 38, Dickey peaked in June, when he threw […]

Blandino Is Offered Blandishments for Blue-Ribbon Knuckleball

With knuckleballer Steven Wright sidelined for the moment because still recovering from an episode of post-surgical knee trouble, we have been hoping that some plucky third baseman would try a knuckleball to liven things up a little. And voilà! Plucky Cincinnati Reds third baseman Alex Blandino—with the Reds organization since 2014 but only this year […]