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Increases In Velocity

Posted On April 19, 2014 at 9:36 am by / No Comments

Increases In Velocity

In 2009, there was an average of 9.2 runs scored per game in the MLB. The following year, scoring was down to 8.7 runs per game. Last year the downward trend continued to a measly total of 8.3 runs. What is the reason for the decrease in scoring? There are two attributing factors. First, strikeouts are at an all time high. In today’s game, a strikeout is viewed the same as a ground out, so the art of making a productive out (ground ball to 2B with a man on 3rd, for example) is seen less. Above all else, however, scoring is down for one simple reason;

The pitching is better. Pitchers can hit their spots easier. Their breaking balls bite more. Their change ups are more deceptive. Most importantly, they’re throwing harder. A lot harder.

In 2003, there was only 1 pitcher who threw at least 25 pitches that registered 100 mph or above. In 2012, that total jumped to 7. In 2003, 3 pitchers threw at least 700 pitches 95 mph or above. In 2012, that number skyrocketed to 17.

How much of this is because of pitchers being larger in stature? It certainly plays its part. More so, it falls in line with the rise of technology. Researchers being able to focus in on the proper mechanics have realized the importance there is on the entire body when it comes to increasing velocity. When throwing our hardest, our legs and core do the brunt of the work, relieving stress off our shoulder. Understanding this allows us to place value on the proper areas, resulting in tapping into our max potential.

To learn these ideologies and understand how to acquire proper mechanics, come to our Major League Pitching Camp, April 26, 9-10:30 am at the Total Baseball-Wixom site.

Sources:

http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424127887323419104578376793663086624

http://www.sportingcharts.com/articles/mlb/what-is-the-average-number-of-runs-scored-in-an-mlb-game.aspx

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