I’ve had a couple outings recently - a clean .2 against Liberty university and an up and down outing tonight vs. Wake Forest.
I came in with bases loaded no outs in the 8th inning. Tough spot.
Go 0-2 on the first batter with fastballs, then get under a slider and hit him. I believe all 3 or 4 of my HBP this season are on sliders with 2 strikes. That pitch just needs to get more consistent. I need to throw it more, trust it more because it’s a plus pitch when I don’t get around it.
Next batter battled and walked on a close 3-2 pitch. Still bases loaded.
I get a ground-out, a strikeout and a pop-up to get out of the inning. Settled down and gained confidence as the inning went on. Fastball was steady at 92 the whole inning, topping at 94 mph.
On the year: 10.1 IP, 2h, 5bb, 4er, 10K, 4HBP
The fact that i have given up 2 hits all year throwing 99% fastballs and still striking out 1 per inning is a joke. I need to get the slider going and it will be night night.
Tons of scouts there for our starter Jake Stinnett, who didn’t throw a fastball under 93 all day, and was sitting 96mph by the end of the 7th inning, touching 97mph.
Tough loss, 6-4. I need to be better, but that’s a really tough situation to come in and not give up any runs. I need to find a way to get the slider over and calm myself down mentally from pitch 1.
Oh, and my arm was hanging today before I went in to pitch, from all the times i have been warming up in the pen to pitch during the week (7 “bullpen innings pitched” this week before today - our pen started keeping track). Every time we are told to get up and start getting ready to a catcher, that counts as 1 BIP. After today I am at 9 BIP and 1.2 IP over the last 4 days. Way too much throwing, but as usual my velocity was at its best with my arm hanging. I am forced to use my lower half better and whip the ball as much as possible.[/quote]
I have found that generally my command on my slider is dramatically worse when my arm is “hanging” as you say, even though my velocity stays about the same. The slider (at least for me) is a “feel” pitch and when my arm’s hanging it’s a lot harder to feel the pitch out.