Well that was sure a nice inning, but here’s where I have problems with “long-distance-analysis”. Everyone looks pretty good when they’re getting outs as a pitcher or hitting the ball hard as a hitter. What like to see is a wider variety of results so I can see what’s going on in a wider variety of situations.
The reasons are simple. It’s a lot easier to learn from failure than from success, and you may well do fine mechanically when no one’s on, but have problems when there are runners. So, getting a look at an inning where you had some trouble would be more telling for me. Also, without at least some basic stats, in depth stats of course being preferable, for me its difficult to come to many conclusions.
irunSTL mentioned something I noticed right away myself, tempo. Its impossible to say what tempo is “right” for any given pitcher because situations change from pitch to pitch. Just out of curiosity, I ran that inning through my program to see if the perception matched the reality.
Here’s the times between pitches that inning.
When I looked to see if there was any reason for what looked like a slow tempo, I saw something I’ve seen a lot where signs are coming in from the bench. The pitcher, you, are on the rubber and totally ready to get the sign and deliver a pitch, but the catcher is looking over at the bench to get that sign.
I won’t try to say that there’s a lot of time involved or wasted because time is relative. Forgetting the 1st pitch, the other pitches took a total of 146.8 seconds, give or take a few hundredths of a second. That’s 16.3 seconds per pitch. If it only takes 1 second per pitch to get that sign, that increases the time per pitch over 6%. In day to day time, that’s insignificant, but we’re not talking about regular time here.
We’re talking about how a pitch is perceived by a batter, relative to the pitch before it, and a 6% time increase can be very detrimental to a pitcher, especially if he’s counting on some form of deception. Now if all a pitcher is going to throw is 1 velocity, then of course the longer between pitches the better for him, but I don’t know of many pitchers who throw only 1 pitch at 1 velocity.
Unfortunately, while the best way to reduce that “wasted” time is to just let the catcher call the signals, that ain’t gonna happen very often. That time can be reduced by having the coach ready to give the sign sooner, but don’t hold your breath waiting for that to happen either. Assuming no one else is gonna change for you, you can do something that might help just a bit. Rather than getting set and waiting, hesitate getting on the rubber and ready just a breath. The actual time won’t be reduced, but your personal tempo will be quicker.