Watch the World Series for a free pitching clinic!
Regardless of the MPH or other stuff, take note of the following for the best in WHAT THE PRO’S DO.
1.) Take note of the pitcher: right-handed or left-handed pitcher.
2.) Then take note of the batter: right-handed or left-handed.
3.) Then take note of where the pitcher stands on the mound:
to the right side of the rubber (his right), center, or left side.
4.) Then take note where the batter stands in the box:
in the front part, middle, back portion.
5.) Take not of the batter’s stance:
squared off,open, closed, back foot open, back foot closed
6.) Take note of the batter’s arms:
front elbow down/back elbow down
front elbow down/back elbow up
front elbow up/back elbow down
front elbow up/ back elbow up
front shoulder down
front shoulder up
torso straight up
torso bend at the waist
batting posture stay pat on delivery
batting posture changes on delivery
feet stay planted on the pitch
stride leg strides forward on the pitch
wrists stay solid with arms
wrists action snaps with the swing.
7.) take note inning by inning the pitch count - pitch selection for each batter. Does the pitch count go up everytime a pitcher reaches back for a particular pitch?
8.) take note inning by inning of the fouls, and was the batter behind on the pitch or ahead of the pitch.
(right-handed batter usually fouls along the first baseline when behind.)
9.) take note of strike zone called by the plate umpire - does it remain static, does it change slightly. Does the pitcher adjust.
10.) take note of the catcher role - does he move to the outside corner causing more balls than strikes?
11.) take note of the count and the balls and strikes and where the ball count goes. Some pitchers will deliberately deliver a ball high and away after two strikes just the clear the batter’s memory, then come back with their “put-a-way” pitch.
12.) take note how fast the pitchers work on each batter. Taking a lot of time for each batter is not a good sign in the early innings … and even worse in the latter innings.
13.) take note of how many ground outs a pitcher throws compared to fly ball outs. Take note especially in the latter innings ( same pitcher going into the fourth for example.) Relief pitchers shouldn’t go too far with fly outs … it shows their pitch inventory for that game isn’t the greatest.
So, here’s your opportunity to learn by sitting back in the comfort of your own home - click on the TV, take a notebook and learn a thing or two about pitching. YOU BE THE PITCHING COACH AND EVALUATE. Every pitching coach in the world will be sitting right there next to you. Take my word for it.