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Old 09-16-2014, 05:18 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Favorite pitches?

For the other pitchers, what is your favorite pitch combo to throw to batters?

For me, my favorite is probably to throw a curveball that starts high and inside and breaks out and just catches the inside edge of the strike zone followed by another curveball that starts over the plate and then breaks inside. Of course, I also like to do pretty much the opposite and throw a straight pitch high and inside and just catch the corner of the strike zone followed by a curveball low that starts over the plate and breaks outside.




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My favorite pitches are a change up and a drop ball that kind of curves and drops at the front of the mat. Usually get the big guys reaching. We use a mat so don't have to depend on ump for pitches on the edges.

Usually set these up with a low pitch of the front of the mat or inside edge of the mat.
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My favorite 1-2 punch is a curveball that starts almost at the batter then drops in, then throwing on that doesn't break. I'll just grip the ball different and use the same release. It spins like it's going to break then never does. If they have that stunned look like they didn't expect the first one to be a strike then I know I've got em right where I want em and they'll chase.

My second favorite has to be a knuckleball with a little bit of top spin. 9 times out of 10 it'll get about 5' from the plate and just die. What looks like a strike all of a sudden lands just short of or on the plate. Had lots of mis hits off those.

This stuff just works in league, not worth the hassle in tournament ball. Good hitters will hit no matter the situation.
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Originally Posted by LSX Freak View Post
This stuff just works in league, not worth the hassle in tournament ball. Good hitters will hit no matter the situation.
For the most part, yes but it does help some. Good hitting beats good pitching but good pitching will help induce the mistakes that even good hitters make. I have always said that the pitcher's job is to provide the batter with the best possible opportunity to screw up but it is still up to the hitter to screw up.

The biggest difference I have noticed between pitching league and tournaments is patience, even with the same players. In tournaments, hitters are much more patient and less likely to chase a pitch outside the strike zone. In league, you will find yourself saying "I can't believe he actually swung at that."
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I like to toss a curve outside the plate that break back on the outside edge or one that starts middle then goes to outside edge. I mostly work curves with arc height differences. I play cf/rover in tournies.

Pitching is just not that much fun in softball, but I do it to when some other pitcher is throwing cake.
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When you have a good pitcher on the mound, it is noticeable. Personally I like to get pitches I have to work for. If they are right over the plate, my eyes get big and I pop it up.
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When you have a good pitcher on the mound, it is noticeable. Personally I like to get pitches I have to work for. If they are right over the plate, my eyes get big and I pop it up.
You aren't the only one. There have been times I have intentionally thrown meat to get an easy fly out.
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Originally Posted by oppo View Post
For the most part, yes but it does help some. Good hitting beats good pitching but good pitching will help induce the mistakes that even good hitters make. I have always said that the pitcher's job is to provide the batter with the best possible opportunity to screw up but it is still up to the hitter to screw up.

The biggest difference I have noticed between pitching league and tournaments is patience, even with the same players. In tournaments, hitters are much more patient and less likely to chase a pitch outside the strike zone. In league, you will find yourself saying "I can't believe he actually swung at that."
I agree. Every hitter has a weakness, it's your job to find it.

I agree again. In league I'll throw nothing but strikes unless it's remotely competitive. Tournament ball, I'll intentionally go down 3-1 before I even consider throwing a strike.
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I I play cf/rover in tournies.
Do you find it easy to field middle when you do pitch? I feel like out of all of the places on the field I feel most comfortable playing middle in a 5 man. I read the ball wayyyy better off the bat. I feel like I have a million years to get to something. Being back there you can kind of cheat and anticipate which way the ball will be hit by how it's thrown. But I don't even suggest it to anyone, who in the hell would consider a 280lb guy for a MIF in a 5 man? lol
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When you have a good pitcher on the mound, it is noticeable. Personally I like to get pitches I have to work for. If they are right over the plate, my eyes get big and I pop it up.
I'm the same way. Toss me a cookie and I'll find a way to screw it up one way or another.
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Ive pitched the last few nights in NSA. I like throwing a slight curve on the first and follow up with a knuckle curve thingy I'm learning. I hold the ball like I'm giving the rock on hand sign.
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