Baseball continues…

        Hey fans. Well its come down to the last 15 games in the AFL, which is moving along quickly. Its continued to be an up and down swing thoughout this short season, with many high scoring games. I would still say the hitters have the advantage over the pitchers, yet I know that the pitchers are continuing to compete with their best effort. We are thowing everything we can up to the plate trying to create an advantage anywhere we can find it. Since the pitchers are struggling thoughout this league I think its relevent to talk about how a pitcher maintains a postive attitute through adversity.

         When a pitcher has an aweful game, how is he able to come back for the next outing with his confidence and determination? For instance, if a pitcher has a day where he can’t throw a strike and every strike he does throw gets hit, he might take that bad day and turn it into another bad game down the road. Regardless if the pitcher is a starter or reliver its difficult to completely forget about the previous outing, so instead of trying to wipe it away completely a pitcher should be able to annalyze the outing, picking out all the positives and negatives. Instead of looking at the over-all outing as a failure the pitcher should dissect it, while harping on the positives and looking to improve on the non-executed pitches. Many pitchers come out of a game thinking that they were terrible and at the same time over looking the things that they did well. No matter what type of performance a pitcher has there are always some areas the he did well, whether it be a pitch, a sequece to a batter, or just backing up a base on an over-throw. So one phrase that has been repeteted to me thoughout my baseball career is ‘never to high, and never too low’. Which means that when things are going really well enjoy it but don’t get too high on yourself because it can change very fast, and never too low means that even when you think you are at your worst you are not far away from turing it around.

           That is my insight into a pitchers thinking for this week, and considering the high ERA’s throughout the league I’m positive that there are a lot of pitchers that have to maintain postive outlooks and never get too low.

Till next week fans…

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