In my opinion, the reason you throw like a robot when pitching from the mound is that you tend to get too caught up in mechanics—in form rather than function, as Lantz Wheeler once put it nicely. Forget about mechanics. Think Mariano Rivera. Watch him closely and watch how he did things when he was pitching—that easy, fluid motion that looked as if it could put you to sleep, and then the cutter or slider or whatever pitch he was throwing just exploding right under the batter’s hands. Loosen up—and throw hard as you release the ball. Eventually you’ll lose that robotic tendency and throw as hard and as fast as you do from the outfield.
And get a nice changeup or two. :baseballpitcher: