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5 Power Pitchers Whose Fastballs Have Deserted Them in 2012
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What do the Boston Red Sox' Josh Beckett and the New York Yankees' C.C. Sabathia have in common? They are both MLB pitchers who have seen a decline in their average fastball velocity this season.

A decline in average fastball velocity can have an adverse effect on some pitchers and have little-or-no effect on others. Why is that the case? Many times it comes down to how much command and movement a selected pitcher has. A pitcher who relies on velocity for effectiveness will tend to struggle once he loses his speed advantage.

Let's look at five pitchers who have had their fastball take a proverbial summer vacation.  

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