Why must pitchers and coaches understand and respect the fact that baseball pitching is an activity of precision? Find out by listening, and also get tips on troubleshooting control problems for five different pitches.
This episode — season 3 episode 13 — was recorded during the third week of September 2016. If you want to hear the podcasts when they are released, be sure to subscribe to Baseball Pitching: The Fix via iTunes, Stitcher, or however you listen to your podcasts.
- Update on Dallas Keuchel, whose diminished velocity and performance was discussed in season 3 episode 5. During that episode, Angel Borrelli identified a mechanical flaw at max external rotation (MER) that she said not only explained the velocity dip but also made him vulnerable to a shoulder injury. Keuchel was shut down a few weeks ago for shoulder inflammation.
- Update on Stephen Strasburg, who had a PRP injection and was “tossing”
- Discussion about Tyler Skaggs, who is in his first year back from TJ surgery and was placed on the DL for forearm tightness and a “mild flexor pronator strain.” He had surgery in August 2014 and pitched his first MLB game since on July 26, 2016.
- Update on Jacob deGrom, who is out for the year and had surgery for ulnar nerve irritation. The Mets said it was related to the Tommy John surgery he had in 2010 — could that really be true?
During the teaching moment, Angel Borrelli explains how pitching a baseball is a precision activity — in other words, an athletic exercise that requires precision movements and proper timing. Because pitching is about precision, she offers guidelines on how to train — and how NOT to train.
In the “Location” segment, Angel goes over the most common flaw affecting a pitcher’s command for each of five different pitches — the fastball, curveball, slider, change-up, and cutter — as well as how to make the correction for better location and control.