So lately I’ve been pitching terribly. I mean I can’t seem to keep the ball down like I used to, I’m constantly falling off the mound when I used to have a pretty balanced finish, and my pitches just flat out stink.
Here’s basically what I’m talking about:
LAST 3 GAMES:
HBP:1(on purpose though)
And today I don’t know what went on since I had NOTHING working. Here’s basically the difference between today’s start and the appearances I had before these last 3:
Fastball:Usual-Has a lot of “life” and either runs or dives down depending on arm angle, and control was never really a problem
Today-Was flat, no control, was left belt high or higher, and my pitching coach said how it looked atleast 7mph slower than usual
Slower Curve:Usual-Good break and I would use it as my main off speed pitch. Could use as a first strike pitch and just sneak it in the strikezone, or I could get guys chasing it.
Today-No control, I could get it into the strikezone for some cheap strikes but I couldn’t getting it to do anything else, plus it had a really early break so you could tell when it was coming.
“Power” Curve:Usual-Nice late, sharp break and it was my secondary out pitch. It would come in about belt high and then just fall off.
Today-Couldn’t even start it above the knees so it always came short of home.
Cutter:Usual-This pitch basically got me the spot I have on the team. It comes in like a fastball and I can usually make it break anywhere from a few inches to get that back door effect or I can get it to break the length of home plate getting guys completely off balance.
Today:It was flat and I doubt it hit 70. If it moved at all it just went straight down and I couldn’t get it out of the dirt.
Change-Up:Usual-Isn’t much of a pitch as is but I could usually keep it down
Today-Only got to throw it once and it ended up over the catcher’s head.
So I know that I’m probably not going to get many responses since no one has actually seen me pitch, so they can’t say change this and that. But can anyone give some generic advice? Like well when I leave my fastball up it means I’m doing this wrong, when my curveball has no break I____, etc. Also, one thing I’ve thought of is that the game before these last three I injured my landing knee. It’s been sore since I injured it but it has only flared up in one game, I didn’t notice it in the other two. So maybe that’s a reason? Also, I plan on asking my pitching coach to have a bullpen sometime this weekend and have him watch so maybe I can record my mechanics during that, and compare it to some videos my mom has of me from earlier this yr.