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5 Must-learn Pitching Strategies


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Pitch to Your Strengths
Pitcher Jair Jurrjens of the Atlanta Braves prepares to throw during a game against the Philadelphia Phillies on July 8, 2012.
Pitcher Jair Jurrjens of the Atlanta Braves prepares to throw during a game against the Philadelphia Phillies on July 8, 2012.
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With so much going on and so many factors to consider, it's easy to overthink pitching. There's one strategy you should fall back on whenever you're in a tough spot. Behind on the count, or in a jam with runners on base and no outs? Worried about giving up the winning run, concerned about a stolen base, desperate to stay in the game? Just throw your best pitch [source: Wynn].

Regardless of the situation, or what this particular batter hits best, if you're not sure what to throw, go with your strongest weapon. This can change from game to game for you, but if your fastball is hot that day, blister one over the plate. If your curveball is breaking just right, or your sinking fastball is nosediving right past batters, throw that.

You might notice that this strategy contradicts some of the other strategies in this article. It turns out the real advice here is, "Pitching is a discipline that requires a lot of thought. Just don't think about it too much."