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Ryan Armstrong | Feb 20, 2015 10:05:21 AM

How Pitchers Can Vary Their Looks On the Mound

In the second part of this series on Controlling the Running Game, we talk about varying looks. Varying looks can be thought of as varying your timing to the plate with runners on base, not necessarily how many times you look at a runner, although that can be considered an element as well.


Topics: pitching, pitching tips, pitching instruction, pitching skills, pitching advice, holding runners, Defense, pitcher's defense, controlling the running game, varying looks

Rick Johnston | Jul 11, 2013 6:56:00 AM

5 Keys for Controlling the Running Game (Not Incl. a Pick Off Move!)

One of the keys to a pitcher becoming a complete pitcher is the ability they have to control the running game of the opposition. At many levels, the control of the running game is often talked about but the talk far outweighs the actual time dedicated to such a task. If pitchers do a poor or less than adequate job, it is safe to say they have a better chance of getting run from the mound versus staying on the mound.

"Well isn't controlling the running game all about having a good pickoff move?"

NO - it helps, but isn't essential. Surprised? Good.


Topics: baserunning, baseball instruction, baseball pregame, pitching tips, pitching instruction, pregame observation, pitching skills, pitching advice, holding runners, pitcher's defense, controlling the running game

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