Some pitchers are faster to the plate than others. Knowing these small things that will lead to more steals.
Know the Pitcher
One thing that often goes overlooked is the opposing pitcher. There are main three things to be mindful of when factoring pitchers into the "steal equation:"
- His pickoff move. If it's a good one, you won't be able to extend your lead enough to be successful. You'll only know this by making him throw over a time or two.
- His delivery: If he's slow or deliberate to plate, it will give you more time to get a better jump. Look to activate the runner as soon as he's in his motion home.
- Pitch speed: A harder throw means less time to the plate, and more time for the catcher to throw you out.
So, if you are facing a soft-throwing pitcher with a poor pickoff move and a long delivery time, have fun!
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