You’ve got a tie score, bottom of the eight. You’re sent in becuase your man is spent. Your’re a RH pitcher with a 4 seam with good movement, a curveball, a so-so slider, a sinker, and an off-speed that hasn’t been your favorite lately. You’ve just come off a four (4) days rest and you’re feeling sharp and ready.
Here’s what left for you to deal with:
Your facing batter #2, a RH batter who eats sinkers. He’s been on base all through the game. Good contact hitter, not known for the bunt. He prefers an open stance, holds the bat up very high and dips his leading shoulder downward. He’s hit shallow center and shallow left field every time regardless if the pitch was down and in or down and away.
Batter #8 in the order stole second and third, and made both by a very slim margin - but he’s there. Batter # 9, got hit by a pitch, so now he’s on first. Batter #1 went down swinging, so at least you have one out.
From all the scouting reports batter number #8 in the order has a pretty good record for stolen bases as well as being “plug’d” in the batting order. Also, Batter #9 is the pitcher, not noted for being swift on the bases, but, he can take advantage of a mistake if you and your fielders let him.
During the game thus far, you haven’t seen batter #8 do his thing much - except for his last display. But, batter #9 has struck out, every time at bat, so you don’t know what he can do.
You’ve trusted this catcher all season with his judgement, but you also know that this guy has been down in the dirt for 8 long, hard fought innings. Lucky for you, you’re also a regular visitor on LTP - so, you’re a thinking guy as well.
Just before you make contact with the rubber:
- Should you go into your set position, or the windup?
Suppose you go with the set position, then make contact with the rubber - and just before you stare in and get a signal, you then notice the runner on first is taking a huge lead - about 15 feet or a little more. You glance over to third and that base runner is also creeping down the line about 15 feet.
What are your options? What’s going through your head?
If you’ve drilled on this situation - speed at third, a creeper at first, what would you have focused on?