Pitching Mechanics

Tommy John Setbacks Explained, and Attack from Olecranon

Over the weekend, I interviewed sport kinesiologist and pitching mechanics expert Angel Borrelli. We discussed the following topics: – Chad Billingsley‘s recent major setback from Tommy John surgery – Flexor tendon: what it is, its role in the pitching motion, how it relates to the ulnar collateral ligament (UCL), and what it had to do […]

Pitching Mechanics

Scientist: Matt Harvey Could Return in 2014

Matt Harvey has been insistent upon returning to a Major League mound at some point before the end of the 2014 season. Is that a realistic goal? Should he be prevented from doing so? Also, is it really dangerous for Jenrry Mejia to pitch from the bullpen? Are his concerns for his health as a […]

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Seven Mechanical Flaws that Lead to Tommy John Surgery

MLB can count all the pitches they want, and can blame youth league baseball till the cows come home — ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) / elbow injuries that require Tommy John surgery can be avoided if these mechanical flaws are identified and corrected. Listen below: Online Baseball Radio at Blog Talk Radio with On Baseball […]

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Solutions for The Pitching Dilemma

The clouds look ominous — and I’m not necessarily talking symbolically about the Mets’ immediate future but rather, regarding the skies in Washington DC right now. Possibly, there will be a rain delay or rainout tonight. If so, you can get your baseball fix by listening to The Fix, episode 9, during which sport kinesiologist […]

Pitching Mechanics

The REAL Importance of Pitch Counts

If you’ve been reading MetsToday for a while you may know that, as an old-school baseball guy, I’m not a fan of limiting the outings of starting pitchers based on pitch counts. Contrary to wildly popular — in fact, almost universally accepted — belief, limiting pitch counts does little to nothing in terms of protecting […]

Pitching Mechanics

Why Tommy John Surgery is an Epidemic

Since last night’s Mets – Phillies game was washed out, perhaps you can get your baseball “fix” by listening to “The Fix” — a weekly podcast I do with sport kinesiologist Angel Borrelli. In Episode 6, Angel and I discuss Matt Moore‘s elbow injury and whether it was due to throwing the change-up. Further, is […]

Pitching Mechanics

What is a Platelet-rich Plasma Injection and Would it Have Helped Bobby Parnell?

In the latest episode of The Fix, Angel Borrelli and I discuss the following: – How can a pitcher know the difference between “normal soreness” and a pain that requires medical attention? – What is a “platelet-rich plasma injection” and how could it have helped Bobby Parnell‘s partially torn UCL? (Note, we recorded this episode […]

Mets Injuries, Pitching Mechanics

How Pitchers Can Avoid Tommy John Surgery

Yesterday on the SNY broadcast of the spring training split-squad game between the Mets and Nationals, Ron Darling gave his take on Tommy John surgery, suggesting that “everyone is different” in regard to recovery, and while all pitchers get the same prescription for rehab, that doesn’t mean they’ll all heal exactly the same, because everyone’s […]

13-14 Offseason, Pitching Mechanics, The Fix

Jonathon Niese’s Shoulder Injury Explained

What exactly is going on with Jonathon Niese‘s shoulder? Would you like an explanation from an expert? In the podcast below titled “The Fix,” listen to Angel Borrelli and I discuss Niese’s lingering shoulder issue, what he needs to do to remain healthy, his chance of starting on Opening Day, and what other pitchers can […]

13-14 Offseason, Pitching Mechanics, The Fix

Understanding Pitching Injuries and Proper Mechanics

If you are a baseball coach or player, or the parent of a pitcher, watch below to learn about the safeties and dangers of pitching preparation, mechanics, and injuries. Yesterday I joined Sport Kinesiologist Angel Borrelli and Joe Castellano on the “It’s Your Pitch” Spreecast, and we discussed the following (among other topics): – How […]

Pitching Mechanics

Who’s Next for Mets Bullpen?

The Mets bullpen now is 28th out of 30 in MLB in ERA (4.48), 28th in batting average against (.264), 27th in OPS allowed (.748), and 26th in WHIP (1.47). They do, however, lead all of MLB in one category: stolen bases allowed (25). Clearly, some changes need to be made in terms of personnel. […]

Pitching Mechanics, Pitching Staff

Mike Pelfrey Pitched with Rotator Cuff Strain

A little tidbit in the Daily News: “I had a strained rotator cuff and a strained posterior capsule almost the whole season,” Pelfrey told the Daily News Thursday Further … Pelfrey said the Mets did not pressure him into pitching through the injury, and that he did not consider it a risk. So he took […]

Mets Injuries, Pitching Mechanics

What Happened To the Pitching Philosophy?

Last night I watched the Mets 1967 Yearbook (god love the DVR). They showed clips of Tom Seaver, Nolan Ryan, and Jon Matlack, among others. Something I kept seeing, over and over, with every pitcher in a Mets uniform, was this: – a step back behind the rubber that started momentum going forward – legs […]

Pitching Mechanics

Is Jenrry Mejia a Good or Bad Example of Mets Minor League System?

Hard-throwing Jenrry Mejia symbolizes what is possible from the minor league system organized, maintained, and overseen by Omar Minaya. But is that a good thing or a bad thing? Mejia was signed by the Mets out of the Dominican Republic at the tender age of 17 — an age when most youngsters in the USA […]

Opinion and Analysis, Pitching Mechanics

A Stiff Neck Could Be Good for Pelfrey

Mike Pelfrey was bumped from his Friday night start in San Francisco due to a stiff neck he suffered on the cross-country plane ride to the Left Coast. Ironically, I would argue that a stiff neck is exactly what Big Pelf needs to return to his first-half form. Well, maybe more a stiff back than […]

Pitching Mechanics