Baseball – how important is pitching consistency?

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Every pitcher strives for pitching consistency. And, your coaches and teammates will rely on you to be consistent.

Being consistent means that you have established pitching techniques that you don’t sway from, that you’ve become comfortable in your surroundings, that little will throw you off your game, and you can be counted on by your team to command a presence on the mound regardless of the game situation.

Work to establish pitching consistency.

Establishing consistency is often derived from practice, practice, and more practice. It is a hard-earned trait for any good pitcher. During practice, work on your pitching mechanics to find a fluid motion … something that works for you. Then continue to improve and define that motion.

Work toward having your pitch motion become second nature so you don’t need to think about it. Your foot should land consistently in the same location, directly aligned between the mound and home plate.

Your arm should consistently follow a similar arm slot, with little variation. Your follow-through should be precise … placing your body in a consistent position to field a ball time-and-time again.

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Your mental approach to pitching consistency.

Your mental approach to the game should be tough. Each time you step on that mound you should know and be prepared for what your next step is regardless of the situation. A bunt to the left side of the field, a drive back up the middle, a 3-2 count with bases loaded … all situations that you should be ready to address in a consistent manner.

Pitching consistency means that your coach and team can count on you to come through each time he puts you out there. Does it mean that you’ll excel each time you take the pitching mound? No. But, it does mean that they won’t be worried about having you leading them in pressure situations and unsure how you’ll react to those given situation. That alone instills confidence in everyone around you, immediately lessening the opponent’s impact and improving any game situation.

Does pitching consistency mean that you can’t “mix things up?”

You can absolutely change how you do things on the mound to confuse, and even surprise, the hitter. However, prior to taking these measures you should already have a strong, established, and consistent foundation from which to build.

Let’s say that you’re looking to expand your mechanics to keep hitters at bay. For example, you might look to vary your arm slot or introduce a new pitch. Establish the new tactic on the practice field, as it may take a few weeks, or a few months, to become comfortable with your new variations.

Become consistent with your new pitching techniques prior to introducing them to real-time play. But don’t lose sight of one thing … your original pitching motion!

The last thing you want to do is have a new tool disrupt your old standby. Rather, slowly incorporate your new motion into your old without messing with the original pitching consistency you worked so hard to perfect.

Pitching consistency keeps everyone in the game!

You’ll find that when consistent with your pitching mechanics, it goes a long way to keeping everyone in the game.

Inconsistency leads to inaccurate pitches, resulting in you giving up walks, hits, or possibly home runs to your opponents. Making these types of mistakes has a tendency to prolong an inning or a game, causing your teammates to lose focus. This loss of focus can easily result in additional miscues, complicating the task at hand for both you and your teammates.

Pitching consistency helps keep your teammates alert, enabling the fielders to stay on top of their game because they know what they can expect from you. They also know that your next pitch is likely to put them in the middle of the action.