Oakland A’s pitcher Jharel Cotton threw seven shutout innings in Monday’s 2-0 win over the Royals, striking out six and giving up two hits and three walks. The 25-year-old’s offspeed stuff was saucy.
What is “stuff”? The New York Times devoted part of its Sunday front page to the question of what, exactly, the term means in baseball. It is, John Branch of the Times reported, an underexamined mystery of the game.