Monday, September 5, 2011

Mizzou Baseball in the Majors: Max Effectiveness

Max Scherzer sees results from mechanical correction (Detroit News)
The Tigers right-hander knew what went wrong during last week's abominable start against the Kansas City Royals. And during a couple of bullpen sessions last week, he fixed things, which was evident during Sunday's 18-2 Tigers trouncing of the White Sox at Comerica Park.

"My head was too still — I wasn't finishing pitches," said Scherzer, who ran his record to 14-8 and whose ERA sank to 4.33 following his seven-inning, five-hit, no-runs effort Sunday.

The mechanic gremlins had to do with Scherzer's body flying open during his pitching delivery. He would attempt to correct his wayward torso and legs by keeping his alignment more intact, which led to his head becoming rigid, which in turn prevented him from finishing pitches that sailed rather than stayed on path.
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"If hitting is supposed to be the most difficult thing to do in sports," he said, reciting the old Ted Williams line, "pitching is the most complex."

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