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
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Pelfrey’s Dead Arm Explained

Mike Pelfrey is not struggling with a “dead arm” issue, despite what he thinks and despite what the Mets’ dinosaurs coaching staff would like us to believe. If Mike Pelfrey has a problem that is affecting his performance, it is a mechanical flaw that has crept up here and there sporadically since last spring. It’s […]

Pitching Mechanics

Analysis: Matt Harvey

With the 7th overall selection in the draft, the Mets chose Mystic, CT resident, Scott Boras client, and North Carolina Tar Heel Matt Harvey. Was it a good pick? Who knows? There have been some comparisons to Mike Pelfrey, which I don’t get — at least, not based on the video I’ve seen. Generally, it’s […]

Opinion and Analysis, Pitching Mechanics

Warthen and Ojeda See the Same Things About Niese

From yours truly on MetsToday, in the Game 13 post: It appears as though his arm slot has dropped from straight overhand to more three-quarter, which can be a better angle for getting movement, but takes bite away from his best pitch, the curveball. That angle also was causing him to get “under” the ball, […]

Opinion and Analysis, Pitching Mechanics

Maine Will Revert to Old Ways

Believe it or not, the Mets had a communications breakdown prior to last night’s ballgame. To get the full story, listen to Rich Coutinho’s report on 1050ESPNRadio’s “Baseball Tonight” (Coutinho comes on at the tail end, during the last 10 minutes or so). The gist of it was this: When asked if Maine would remain […]

News Notes Rumors, Opinion and Analysis, Pitching Mechanics

John Maine’s Chronic Mechanical Problem

Absolutely nothing has changed with John Maine since I wrote this post in late July 2008: I Can Fix Maine in 10 Minutes. Mind you, this was before Maine’s shoulder problems arose (though if you read the post the injury was predicted). I had hopes that the issue was understood and being addressed last spring, […]

Pitching Mechanics

Oliver Perez and Release Points

NOTE: This is a guest post by Matt Himelfarb. Jerry Manuel deserves credit for usually putting a humorous spin on another of Oliver Perez’s dreadful outings. I always picture him lying back in the manager’s office at Citi Field, his hands clasped behind his head, telling reporters “Ollie’s in a funk right now” and sounding […]

Pitching Mechanics, Pitching Staff