Everyone wants them and everyone needs them. The game is designed just for you guys. You have good pitching, you have a chance to win; without it, it will undoubtedly be a long season. Even with good pitching, most pitchers are creatures of habit and some of these habits are actually pet peeves that drive baseball coaches off the deep end. Here are 19 of them:
1. Poor pre-game routine and bullpen...ok, this is not a blanket statement to all pitchers, but, boy oh boy, the lack of preparation, warm up, throwing and bullpen presence is sometimes just flat out awful. It starts with a uneventful warm up, followed by playing poor catch, very little long toss, then a bullpen that lacks conviction and intent. Hey pitchers, it’s your start, make the most of it. Prepare like you are going to go 9 innings. Don’t assume you can just show up and pitch.
2. Too many pitches in their repertoire...that’s right guys, you all have five pitches, I know. So really you are a jack of all trades and a master of none. What is that going to get you? I would ask this then; if you have five pitches (and maybe five different arm angles) how many of those pitches do you "own"? Geez, even big league pitchers don’t own 3 pitches let alone 5. Hey pitchers, learn to own two pitches and show a third. I will bet 5 pitch pitchers rent, lease and borrow every outing, hoping that they can sneak by with this. Owning pitches will get you more in the long term because all 5 can’t be that good!
3. Complete game in the bullpen...