Dallas Keuchel has gone from Cy Young to nearly sayonara from the Houston Astros rotation. Is there a mechanical fix he can make to return to form? Heck yeah — listen to Season 3 Episode 5 of The Fix.
Episode Notes for Baseball Pitching: The Fix #38
Part One: News and Trends
Pitching motion troubleshooter Angel Borrelli explains the physical process of evaluating and troubleshooting mechanics, starting with the placement of video cameras and proceeding to go step by step through correcting a flaw. She compares the process to a crime scene investigation and uses Houston Astros pitcher Dallas Keuchel as an example.
Also, host Joe Janish asks Angel what should be done when a pitcher has forearm and/or elbow pain, citing Mets starter Steven Matz, who was diagnosed with forearm soreness and treated with a cortisone injection and rest. Was this the proper course of action, or should/could more have been done?
Part Two: Teaching Moment
Angel and Joe discuss a recent study by Dr. Mike Sonne, on how MLB’s proposed pitch clock can accelerate fatigue. Dr. Sonne is a post-doctoral researcher in muscle fatigue and injury prevention at McMaster University (Canada).
Part Three: Location, Location, Location
As in every episode of this season of The Fix, Angel provides an easy to apply tip on improving pitching command / control. This time, it involves the front leg and Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer is used for illustration.