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Subtle baseball pitcher tendencies to help you guess the next pitch

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Does the pitcher start from the same place on the rubber on each pitch?

If a baseball pitcher is consistent with his arm slot and release point, he may find that adjusting from left to right on the pitcher’s mound allows him to better locate his pitches inside to outside. Or, a pitcher may feel more comfortable from one side or the other of the pitching rubber when throwing different pitches.

A right-hander, for example, may move to he right side of the rubber when throwing a curveball to a right-handed hitter. This may give him just enough of difference in the location of the pitch to make the batter bail out.

Recognizing these differences with the pitcher’s feet can help you in guessing what, and possibly where, the next pitch will be.

Does the pitcher move his glove a certain way on certain pitches?

Setting the grip on a ball may affect the way a baseball pitcher holds his glove as he prepares to enter his windup. Does he hold his glove out from his body when he is going to throw a fastball because he doesn’t need to apply much pressure to the ball to set up the grip? Or, does he need to apply more pressure to the ball to set the grip, causing him to tighten up at his elbows and hold his glove closer to his body?

Watch for how the pitcher typically holds his glove. Then watch closely for any discrepancies. Compare the type of pitches that were thrown when he showed the discrepancy.

Subtle baseball pitcher tendencies to help you guess the next pitch

Are the pitches consistent? If so, you may be onto something that can help give you an edge.

Where is the pitcher’s eyes focused? Does his focus location change on different type of pitches?

This is a tough one, but if your eyesight is decent and you practice the technique, you may get a hint as to where the baseball pitcher is planning to throw the ball.

Before the pitcher starts his windup try to follow where he focuses his eyes. Many pitchers will watch their target throughout their windup, giving you a chance to pick up on something before you begin focusing on the ball.

Watch his glance towards the catcher. Is he looking high? If high, the catcher could very well be standing upright awaiting a high fastball. Is his focus towards the outside part of the plate? If so, the catcher is likely setting up to pitch you outside. Is the pitcher’s focus down low? Perhaps the count is in the pitcher’s favor and he wants to throw you some junk down low … maybe get you to swing at a pitch in the dirt.

Remember though, you still have to focus on the ball. That is your primary task. But, if you can catch a glimpse of the pitcher’s focus just before you focus on the baseball, you may get a quick feel for where the pitcher wants to throw the next pitch.