Why There Are So Many Pitching Injuries This Time Of Year

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More pitching injuries occur from spring training through the first month of the season — do you know why? There is at least one reason, and despite what you may remember of Tim Leary‘s Wrigley Field debut in 1981, it has nothing to do with cold weather.

Listen to the first episode of season two of “The Fix,” a podcast featuring sport kinesiologist Angel Borrelli that discusses baseball pitching performance and injury prevention based on science. This episode doesn’t have anything specific for Mets fans, but will be helpful to pitchers, coaches, and parents of pitchers of all ages.

In addition to learning how to prevent early-season pitching injuries, you’ll also understand what to look for from pitchers in spring training, and what a coach should be asking his pitchers when spring practice begins. Additionally, you’ll find out the single most important factor to consider in keeping pitchers healthy — and it’s NOT innings limits nor pitch counts. Finally, Angel reveals a secret to pitching velocity that every pitcher can work on right now.

Listen to the podcast by visiting OnBaseball.com.

Joe Janish began MetsToday in 2005 to provide the unique perspective of a high-level player and coach -- he earned NCAA D-1 All-American honors as a catcher and coached several players who went on to play pro ball. As a result his posts often include mechanical evaluations, scout-like analysis, and opinions that go beyond the numbers. Follow Joe's baseball tips on Twitter at @onbaseball and at the On Baseball Google Plus page.
  1. argonbunnies March 6, 2015 at 9:43 pm
    Still meaning to listen to the podcast, but nowhere else to post game notes, so here:

    – Harvey looked like 2013 Harvey. Dominant. Can’t speak to health takeaways.

    – Syndergaard looked like Pelfrey with a better curve.

    – Scott Rice threw strikes.

    – Cuddyer doesn’t have a grooved swing, taking different cuts at different pitches. At first base, he let a routine pickoff throw sail right past his glove.

    – Wright had the Bad David Wright swing going.

    – Granderson’s swing looked shorter to the ball. Much closer to what I saw in 2011.

    – Otherwise, the Mets looked like their 2014 selves. Lagares made D look easy, d’Arnaud made D look hard, Flores got beat by fastballs, den Dekker hit soft liners, Mejia and Familia showed good stuff and poor command, etc.