Mental Side Of Baseball Pitching

By Steven Ellis, former Chicago Cubs pitching pro

The mental side of pitching a baseball is just as important as the physical side of pitching. Your ability to master the mental aspects of pitching - your pitching mental toughness - plays an important role in your development as a pitcher.

Below are some objectives to help with your mental preparation for baseball pitching.

1. "This game is mine", attitude.  Every time I walk on the mound I  control the game or batting practice or throwing on the side. Nothing can happen till I release the ball.  I am in charge.

2. Know the purpose of every pitch and picture yourself  succeeding.   (The purpose is to get the hitter to hit the ball.)  Visualization can  be very beneficial.  This will be covered at another time.

3. From the first pitch to every hitter, every pitch is designed to  get  the hitter out.  There are no waste pitches.  (Get ahead in the  count.)

4. Every hitter must prove that he can hit my power pitch.  My  other  pitches will compliment and set up my power pitch.

5. I will develop an off speed pitch that I can throw for a strike when I am faced with a fastball count, 2-0, 3-0, 3-1, 2-1, 1-0.

6. I will know my strike zone and throw pitchers strikes.  I will never  throw hitters strikes.  This means developing my power pitch  on and off the plate and pitching to both sides of the plate.  I will  pitch inside.

7. Develop a plan for each hitter.  How?  Develop an attitude that  says every time I see a hitter swing or take a pitch I will learn  about him.  To do that you must be in the game on every pitch:   On the mound or in the dugout or bullpen.


 

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