Today was the first time I pitched against other League Batters since 2002. Of course, I’ve been pitching constantly over the years, not just in league games. Usually it would be in street-organized games(in a large school yard), but this was the first time since 2002 in a situation where i was facing guys from a league, not just wannabe hitters from the street.
I usually dominated every batter I played against in street baseball. I got a lot of k’s, just using a normal four seam fast ball. Nothing special, just a straight fastball, and everytime i felt like working on my stuff i would occasionally mix in my splitter or slider(which I’ve stopped throwing because I heard I’m throwing it at a premature age).
So yeah. Well, this was just a batting practice session(pitching session for me, I guess) against my own teammates. I stuck to what I did in street baseball. Everyone hit it like it was a straight, slow pitch.
Whenever they hit the ball, it was a four/two seam FB. Usually it was around the middle. Although I got them to hit them into a couple of routine plays, i wasn’t satisfied, being used to getting either k’s or plenty of ground outs.
I feel an incredible itch in my mind. This was the first time my coach saw me pitch (to hitters) and I wasn’t good. I don’t think he thinks i’m as good as i really am.
At the end of my pitching session, I sensed that the hitters weren’t phased by my fastball, so I started throwing off-speed stuff from then on. Unfortunately practice ended only after I pitched that off-speed stuff 3 times.
I threw a splitter in a 0-0 count, which got a guy to swing at, to no success from him. It had great sink to it right there. So I decided to throw it again, resulting in a foul chopped about 3 feet to right oh home plate. Note these two pitches were down in the dirt. So I tried my luck and threw it again. To my fustration i ended up throwing it high, so the guy hits it hard.
After the practice, the assistant coach gave me a talk. He let me know, if i was throwing straight fastballs down the middle, of course people were going to hit it. He told me to use more of my off-speed pitches. He taught me how he gripped and threw his curveball(which I already knew how to throw).
Makes me wonder, how often should I be throwing straight fastballs in a real game?
My two seam was probably barely breaking, because it was getting rocked too.
I’m glad this was just practice, if it were a game, I would be much more fustrated. Should be a learning experience for me.
My Pitches used in practice:
Four Seam FB(about 60% of my pitches)
Two Seam FB(about another 30%)
Splitter(used 3 times)
All my pitches:
Two seam FB
Splitter/Splitter Change up