Marco Estrada may not have known he was on track to set a modern Major League record when he talked to reporters last week at the All-Star Game in San Diego. (He is! More on that in a second.) And he may not know why his effective fastball behaves so differently than most others, saying, "I think it's just natural, to be honest with you; I'm not holding the ball any different, it's just a normal four-seam fastball," when asked.
But Estrada definitely knows there's something unique about that pitch, and he's on the right track when he talks about how it looks coming out of his hand:
Mike Petriello is an analyst for MLB.com and the host of the Statcast podcast. He has previously written for ESPN Insider and FanGraphs. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.