my first two games this year sukt. 4 runs in 8 innings, but too many walks, and 7 hit batters, yes 7 hbp.
going into my third game yesterday, i decided to scrap all the mechanical experimentation i'd been playing around with... all kinds of new ways to lift my hands, open my legs... all kinds of subtle b.s. that i hoped would add mph ... and i decided to go back to the way i always pitched... which is essentially to try and do everything the way pedro martinez does it ... down to the body language between pitches and everything ... when i tell myself "i am pedro martinez" the results are better...pretty funny, but it's a tired and true theory
so anyway ... into this third game, i needed to really right myself before losing the confidence of my teammates ... (we play double headers on the weekend) ... usually i start game one, but b/c of my erratic-ness, i was relegated to coming in 2nd, which means i would likely come out out the pen in game one and then start game 2 with whatever i had left...
....long story short, i got my old pedro posturing back and pitched 2 scorless innings in game one... stopped the bleeding so our bats could come back for a bottom of the ninth walk-off win ... and then i went 5 innings game 2 with zero earned runs
...just pounded the bottom of the strike zone with 2 seamers all day and mixed in changeups .... my curve - i scrapped -- it' horrendous...but that's a whole other post