Let’s refine the first category – highest quality pitch(s).. your “go-to-pitch(s)”. These pitches or pitch.. as the case may be, is sitting in your holster, ready to be drawn out because you can be sure of what it… they, will do. It or they, are dependable, give you the greatest feeling of confidence, settles you down when things aren’t going so well.. with witness that you’ve still got it! You get the idea.
Now this doesn’t mean that this category of pitch(s) won’t get hit. Of course it’ll get hit. But the thing is… did it… they, do what you wanted. If your pitch in this category is a fastball down and in, off the right corner… well.. did it do that regardless if it was hit or not?
That's what Game Quality, Go to Pitch, your Bread –n –Butter pitch(s) are suppose to be. Now, if you have only one pitch that truly satisfies this criteria then so be it. But remember, it doesn’t have to be 98 miles per hour, nor does it have to have outstanding movement. IT DOES – TO YOU, be the pitch that you feel, gives you the greatest satisfaction that your accomplishing something worth while.
If your second pitch in this category is so – so, compared to the first, but that second pitch seems to fit the bill … in your mind, then so be it. After all, what your trying to do is build a pitch inventory that you can take with you to the park …that no only you can depend upon, but your coaches can plan on, your head coach can organize a game plan around, your catcher knows what’s in the mix and what’s not, and a lot of other stuff.
So, develop as best you can a pitch that forms your foundation… what’s your best stuff by prioritizing the jewel in your selection.. then grade the rest of your ability that you’d feel confident bringing to a game.
The lesser of such, should be the pitch(s) that need work.. but not right away. Remember, your top quality pitch(s) will require constant work and toning so they… and you … keep their edge. Kind of like a set of sharp knives. When you use a really sharp knife you know it! But, when they get dull…. you really know it!!! Out comes the sharpening stone and you go to work.
I had a guy who had the most amazing slider I’d ever seen. It was like a remote controlled model airplane. And his facial expressions upon release, seemed like he was controlling it by shear will. I’d see him on the field constantly practicing with it. And he was so articulate with it, he used this pitch as his foundation pitch… which all other of this pitches seemed to get some kind of signature off of.
Also remember, you Game Quality pitch(s) will not necessarily perform 100 % every day. Sometimes this pitch or pitches can have varying success rates. Sometimes it’s because you’re not feeling that well, the surface that your working off of just doesn’t help you, and sometimes … it’s just one of those days when nothing goes right! :bothered: