Re: Understanding Pitcher Fatigue
I pitched for just a few years, 11-13 year old. For me, my arm wouldn't get sore day of. It would just feel tired -- like your legs feel after a long bike ride. The next day it would be sore, 2 days our it would ache a bit, the third day was much less (just took a while to get it loose) and the 4th day I felt fine.
I was not a hard thrower by any means, even by that age's standards, and I had a 3/4 delivery. The first year I pitched, the only way I could throw accurately was to pretend like I was fielding a ball at short. So I ended up with a funky delivery where I'd keep my hand and glove together and loop them down below my waist, bend my knees quite a bit, and then bring my arm all the way around. If kids were allowed to steal on me, it would've been a disaster.
To your question, I think conditioning is the #1 thing. As general athletes, their body's are honed towards quick recovery. But as pitchers, they really build up their arms to handle the sort of workload pitch takes.
I've also found that there's a sort inverse exponential relationship between how hard I tried to throw and how quickly I got tired. If I went all out, I'd be gassed after 15 pitches. If I went 90%, I could go 30-40. At 75% or so, I could throw 60. Some of that was probably my bad mechanics, but I think there's something to be said for not throwing at max effort.
Games are won on run differential -- scoring more than your opponent. Runs are runs, scored or prevented they all count the same. Worry about scoring more and allowing fewer, not which positions contribute to which side of the equation or how "consistent" you are at your current level of performance.
Last edited by RedsManRick; 07-14-2010 at 12:37 PM.