Lately I have been struggling when I come in to pitch. I have had a lot of problems with control and just everything. I really do feel GREAT when I get up there, but once I throw that first pitch everything goes down hill. It’s typically a ball. Then I try to turn it on a little bit more… Ball. Im already in a bad position, so now of course, I have to stay away from the junk. I will walk a batter or two… Or occasionaly more. Then I find myself hitting batters and just giving up easy base hits. Then even when I DO get ahead in the count, I can really start working with my pitches more and I have a little relief. I may get a batter to ground out here and there, but right after that I am right back to laboring.
Like I said, I really do feel great. I’m loose, my arm is feeling stronger than ever. Hell when I am throwing my bullpen sessions, I hit all my spots and my “stuff” is working really well. But something about getting in the just gets to me. I feel like everything that can go wrong WILL go wrong. Usually, it does.
I have thought many, many times about my mechanics. Whether they were proper or not. It is very hard to tell without someone else watching me, but to me, I don’t think I’m doing anything wrong at all. Im closed, my stride is nice, my arm isn’t lagging behind, I’m pushing off the mound and not “falling.” Hell I just dont know anymore.
Could this possibly be all mental? Should I practice up more on my mechanics? Should I ease up on my speed and try to place more? Anything would help at this point. Especially since my Jr. Legion team is about to go to Districts :?