We had a disappointing weekend on the road against Boston College. Not really much offense the entire weekend, and some subpar pitching performances.
I managed to do alright, going 1.1 innings, 1bb, 1h, 0er but I wasn't particularly sharp.
One thing that appeared to play a factor in every single one of our pitchers was the transition from the bullpen mound to the game mound. Probably unintentionally, BC's visitor bullpen is somewhat bizarre. The mound is flat, then there is a raised surface leading towards the plate (giving the illusion of throwing uphill), while the plate is sunk down about 4 inches and off-centered by about 12 inches. . It's not terrible by itself... it's kind of like throwing a flat ground.
The problem is that the game mound is particularly steep, maybe a couple inches higher than normal. The transition is not an easy one, and it takes a significant in-game adjustment. All our pitchers commented that they were missing high in their first innings. Our friday and saturday guys both gave up 4 spots in the first innings as BC capitalized on missed spots and elevated fastballs. Out of the bullpen, only one or two of our guys got the first batter they faced out all weekend. This is not to make excuses, but it is a legitimate factor that I feel is useful to identify, especially for pitchers that may be faced with similar situations in the future.
If you are throwing off a poor bullpen mound, be extra conscious of using your 8 warmups in game to re-adjust your release point and timing. The quicker you can adjust, the quicker you will regain your effectiveness. All of our starters did adjust within the first 3 innings, as you would expect. Most of our relievers weren't given that luxury. Not that it would have totally changed the outcome of the weekend, but it was an interesting factor worth mentioning.
For me, this also affected my velocity. I was flying open, at least initially, and couldn't locate as well even though I had just been spotting up and throwing extremely hard in the bullpen.
Anyway, line on the year:
ERA: 2.35, IP: 15.1, H: 6, ER: 4, BB: 6, K: 18, BA: .130
Our team got to visit Cressey Performance on saturday because of a rain-out. It was a great experience all-around, and I got to reconnect with some of their staff who I haven't seen in a couple years. Really happy that we were able to arrange that visit.
A couple other notes:
I started taking HMB-Ca, a recovery supplement that I've been reading some pretty convincing research on. Look up Jacob Wilson, University of Tampa if you are curious. I'm going to take it religiously for a month and see if there is any noticeable increase in recovery. It's supposed to minimize muscle protein catabolism, but the limited studies have been done using high volume resistance training protocols, so it's unclear if it would aid recovery under less extreme protocols. I'm continuing to lift hard 3 days per week. Obviously avoiding certain movements in-season like heavy weighted chin-ups, ultra heavy farmer's walks/grip work or overhead pressing. But I still train hard and heavy with what I can do.
- I'm supplementing our team lifts with about 200 yards of heavy sled work one day a week (concentric-only is easy to recover from but helps maintain strength when you use this as a 5-minute finisher)
-Hit 105lb dumbbells for 5 on DB bench press and 95lbsx8 on incline DB bench press last week. Not that you need a huge chest to throw hard, but I'm certainly not seeing any negatives in my flexibility or velocity at this point and I'm enjoying pushing the weight a little bit on these.
-Hit 120lb dumbbells for 10 on ultra strict dumbbell rows at cressey's. Slow and controlled. Like butter.