Apr
15

Saber-Scouting on Scott Patterson

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The stupid internet topic of the month appears to be pitching mechanics (next month, pickoff moves!), but amidst the crap comes this gem about what makes Scott Patterson effective, courtesy of Frankie at Saber-Scouting. Frankie details how Patterson uses not only his size, but general quirkiness to create massive amounts of deception. Check it out.

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6 Comments»

  1. KW says:

    Looks like a bad link Mike

  2. Matt says:

    Pitching mechanics does seem to be quite the hot topic these days. You may or may not agree with what’s being said at the various sites by folks with varying degrees of expertise, but I don’t think that it can just be disregarded out of hand.

    From what little I’ve seen of Patterson, he does seem to have a good amount of “deception” in his delivery. It’s not that far fetched that it can be an element of his sucess. Many credit Hideki Okajima’s odd head snap as being deceptive, and when Brendan Donnelly was at his best with the Angels, his chicken wing style made for quite a distraction.

    Hopefully we’ll get to see some of Patterson’s deception in the Bronx at some point this year.

  3. Thanks for the link guys. To clarify, I really don’t want to be like these (at least it seems like) billions of sites analyzing mechanics these days. I think many of them are truly ridiculous and only doctors or true medical/kinesiology knowledgeable people should be touching on the issues they do.

    I want my analysis to be practical, stripped down stuff that isn’t just based on personal philosophies. Certain things about mechanics are wrong, certain things are right, and others fall into the cracks as a matter of philosophy. Of course opinion comes into it but I’m not going to venture into forecasting injuries and stuff like that like some others out there. Frankly, I think it’s useless.

    I’m not going to try and get into these “scapular loading” issues and medical issues like that because there’s no concrete right answer on those things. So, what good does that do us?

    Anyway, hope you enjoy. I’ve got more Yankee-related stuff in the works.

    - FP

  4. Saber Scouting does really exceptional work. I’m glad that you keep linking to them. Not only do they not pretend to be doctors and forecast the tragedy about to befall every pitcher with mechanics that deviate from theoretical perfection but they also write really,really well. It’s something your site has in common with theirs. I read that article about Joba’s mechanics and Wanger’s mechanics and somehow found myself reading about Mike Marshall and watching clips of his techniques and pitches being executed. It looks like horse-crap to me. Not only would a hitter be able to time that delivery perfectly, but there was almost no break or depth to any of the breaking pitches they showcased. I have nastier stuff with a wiffle-ball. It was interesting to read, and I agree with Mike Marshall that the baseball community fears change, I have to question the efficacy of his methods. I have no idea whether or not the pendulum thing prevents injuries but from what I saw I doubt those mechanics or the pitches they produce would getting hitters out consistently at the major league level.

  5. iYankees says:

    speaking of quirkiness, last night i watched julian tavarez pitch a bit against the indians and he was doing all sorts of wierd shit (dropped down, did a dice-k pause, etc.). hell, i think farnsworth should do something like that. maybe he should bring back the LaLob, lol.

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