Baseball Tips On Hitting -- How To Get To Know The Opposing Pitcher Very Quickly!
Serious baseball hitters must pay close attention to what a pitcher does well and what he does not do well. You may know this before the pitcher even takes the mound that day and if not, you can certainly learn a lot about him by watching him for an inning or so. Sometimes you can learn a lot after only one batter.
Good pitchers will stay awake at night trying to figure out how to get good hitters out. Just like the pitcher is looking for your strengths and weaknesses as a hitter, you too better be looking for his strengths and weaknesses! Pitchers at higher levels of play use pitching charts to get to know tendencies that hitters have. Why can't you, as a baseball hitter, at least keep a mental chart of the pitcher's tendencies?
By just being a pretty good observer, you will see that many baseball pitchers have certain habits and patterns that you should look for. You may very well be rewarded later on. Here are 12 things that you must watch for!
Some Very Important Things You Should Be Looking For :
1. Look for where his release point is. Quite often pitchers have different release points for different pitches and you may know what pitch he's throwing just before he actually releases the baseball.
2. Time his pitches with your swing when waiting to hit. There's no excuse for not having a very good idea how fast a pitcher is before you actually face him.
3. Is the pitcher always throwing a first pitch fast ball all the time?
4. Does he lean back more toward second base to get some extra speed on his fast ball?
5. Does he slow down his windup at the last second when he's throwing a change up?
6. On the other hand, does he speed up his windup too much when throwing a change up because he is trying too hard to disguise it?
7. Does he always throw the curve ball with 2 strikes?
8. Is the first pitch to each batter "too fat" and an easy pitch to hit?
9. Is the pitcher always throwing a breaking ball after he shakes off his catcher's signal? This tells you the catcher is never signaling for the breaking ball as his first signal and then when the pitcher shakes off the catcher, you know the pitch will be his breaking ball.
10. Does the pitcher raise his front shoulder higher when throwing the fastball to try to get something extra on it and throw it faster?
11. Is he always pitching low and away and not using both sides of the plate by occasionally coming inside?
12. Does he drop his arm slot down a little to get more lateral movement on his breaking ball?
If you're serious about being a successful baseball hitter, you have to be thinking all the time. While on the bench, sit next to a very good hitter and talk about the opposing pitcher throughout the game. Baseball hitting is tough so try to gain every possible advantage. Remember, the pitcher is thinking of anything he can do to get you out. As a baseball hitter, you should be thinking of anything and everything you can do to have a successful at bat. You will be very pleased with yourself if you have observed that the pitcher has started five straight hitters off with a first pitch fast ball, then you get up, see a first pitch fast ball and hit a seed into one of the gaps!
Even if you don't know anything at all about a pitcher, you can learn his strengths, weaknesses and overall tendencies very quickly. Beating the pitcher requires clever use of your mind as well as your body. The pitcher is using both his brain and his arm to beat you and you must do the same if you truly want to be a successful baseball hitter.