In this section, you will learn several important baseball strategies for pitchers that will help you understand what pitches to throw in what situations and why to throw them. This will allow you to select the best pitch to use in various situations and against various hitters and different scenarios.
A Guide To Facing Opposing Hitters
Game Day Strategies For Pitchers
Any pitcher with any experience on the mound understands that there is much more to winning than meets the eye. Having great pitching mechanics and technique is not enough, especially against experienced hitters. So what is missing?
Pitching is quite the chess match. Pitchers and hitters, going back and forth, constantly making adjustments to outwit and outperform each other. The best pitchers understand that you have to know what to throw and when to throw it. Likewise, you have to know what not to throw and when not to throw it.
Still, that's not enough.
Great pitchers also know that hitters can also become base runners. So they must know the hitters that can run and the ones that can't. The ones that have good instincts on the base paths are the ones that can cause trouble.
The most successful pitchers understand this and they gather as much vital information about their opponent as they can, and way before the competition even starts.
They know that paying attention to certain details about their opponent can tell them everything they need to know about how to get them out. Great pitchers know their opponents strengths, weaknesses and abilities and skills before the hitter even steps into the box.
Great baseball pitchers are always gathering information on hitters and opponents to store away so they can draw upon that information when they need it to attack a hitter in any situation.
Learn how to size up your opponent by looking for weaknesses in technique, movement, weight transfer and overall approach.
Look for mental weaknesses such as nervousness, obvious anxiety and arrogance.
The hitter will tell you his weaknesses if you only pay close attention and know what to look for. As the game goes on, you will have the opportunity to gather much more information as well.
Understanding strategy not only means understanding your opponent, but also yourself. You must know your own skills, abilities, strengths and weaknesses. Are you a power pitcher? Do you have a great curveball? Do you have to rely on pinpoint control because you lack a good fastball?
Baseball is such a complex sport with so many different potential situations that a pitcher must be able to navigate through. Understanding baseball pitching strategies of all types that cover all situations is information you must possess in order to be successful and win games.
You must be able to put together a pitching strategy that combines all the knowledge you have about you, your opponent and the situation.
Take the time to learn how to play baseball and you'll better understand how to pitch and get hitters out.
Be a master at understanding strategy and you will have more fun on the mound and be more successful than you ever thought you could be.