What is our goal as pitchers? Get the guy standing with a wooden stick at the dish out, right? Well there’s a plethora (you’re welcome english teachers) of ways how to go about doing that but what is the most ideal?
For me it’s optimizing “stuff” in such a way that makes it extremely difficult on the hitter to distinguish which pitches are doing what.
Arrieta does an incredible job at utilizing a popular 2 pitch sequence in the Cutter – 2 Seam FB. Notice at ball release how they’re very similar in perception of location. BUTTTT one is going to move IN on Sogard and one is going to move AWAY on Sogard. Deadly combo and when paired correctly gives us pitchers the ability to have a lot of success.
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