The Pitching Mechanic
Real-Time Illustrations and Analyses of
Proper and Improper Pitching Mechanics
Chris Carpenter's Struggles Continue
St. Louis media are reporting that Chris Carpenter is
experiencing what some doctors are characterizing as a
career-threatening problem in his shoulder...
Disabled Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter is suffering from
compression and scarring of a series of nerves feeding his right
shoulder, prompting an area thoracic neurosurgeon on Tuesday to
recommend the 2005 NL Cy Young Award winner undergo surgery.
This is very frustrating for me because all I see is one
attempt after another to deal with Chris Carpenter's symptoms
and absolutely no interest in addressing the root cause of his problems.
As I have said multiple times before, the root cause is
Chris Carpenter's pitching mechanics and problematic arm action
Inverted L) and
his resulting timing problems.
Chris Carpenter's Pitching Mechanics (2008)
The way Chris Carpenter's shoulders start to rotate before
his Pitching Arm Side (PAS) forearm is vertical places more load
on his elbow and shoulder than they are able to handle, which is
why they keep breaking.
Nothing will improve significantly until the Cardinals stop
focusing on the symptoms of Chris Carpenter's problems and
instead start focusing on the root cause of his problems, which
is his problematic pitching mechanics.
In fact, it may be too late to make a significant
positive impact on the health of Chris Carpenter's arm. The
rapid rate at which he is experiencing problems suggests to me
that he may be stuck in a downward spiral.
Which would totally suck.
Shaun Marcum Needs Tommy John Surgery
A reader just informed me that Shaun Marcum of the Blue Jays
needs Tommy John surgery. This doesn't surprise me at all.
said way back in August of 2006, Shaun Marcum has an
in his arm action (based on the photos below I would classify it
as more of an
Inverted L), that can create a timing problem and
significantly increase the load on the elbow (and
The photo directly above suggests that Shaun Marcum does in
fact have a timing problem (aka
and it is the root cause of his elbow problems. The thing to
notice is how his Glove Side (GS) foot has planted, which will
cause his shoulders to start rotating, but his Pitching Arm Side
(PAS) forearm is not yet vertical and in the high-cocked
Before I close, let me quickly make two related points.
First, I would not be surprised if the same thing is
going on with
Anthony Reyes and for similar reasons. Second, the fact that
Shaun Marcum has a similar flaw in his pitching mechanics as
AJ Burnett makes me wonder whether the Toronto Blue Jays, at
least when it comes to professional scouting, have bought into
the misguided idea that the
Inverted L and
Inverted W are necessary for throwing hard (and thus things
to look for in pitchers). If so, then that doesn't bode well for
their long-term success because I think that means that the Blue
Jays will experience an increased incidence of pitchers who
Joba Chamberlain's Pitching Mechanics
I finally got my hands on some good video of Joba
Chamberlain. As a result, I just completed a new
analysis of the pitching mechanics of Joba Chamberlain.
Welcome to My World
I love it when I get positive feedback from my readers --
especially fans at the HS, college, and major league level --
because it counterbalances the
hate mail like this one I got
a checked out your site and I am sorry, but as a minor league baseball player who is about to become a scout, and a guy who as studied pitching mechanics for the last three years how can you sell your crap. U dont know the first thing about pitching and your
(inverted) v theory is crap, I wish someone could stop guys like you from taking peoples money and ruining kids arms.
I'm not exactly sure how I'm ruining kids arms by teaching
them to emulate
the pitching mechanics of Greg Maddux and Roger Clemens.
I recently came across a comparison of the pitching mechanics
of Luke Hochevar and Mark Prior that I think is interesting. As
a result, I have blown up the clip and have just completed an
analysis of the pitching mechanics of Luke Hochevar.
AJ Burnett has recently been discussed as a possible
off-season target of my Cardinals. In my
analysis of the pitching mechanics of
AJ Burnett I explain why I think signing AJ Burnett would be
a mistake due to his
Inverted W and resulting timing problems.
AJ Burnett's Inverted W
CC Sabathia's Pitching Mechanics
I recently DVRed a few good clips of CC Sabathia pitching. As
a result, I just completed a quick
analysis of the pitching mechanics of CC Sabathia.
Jaime Garcia: I Hate It When I'm Right
Back on July 21st I took a look at the
pitching mechanics of Jaime Garcia. I didn't like what I
saw. Well, today I just found out that Jaime Garcia seems to
need Tommy John surgery. I'm not at all surprised, given his
unusual arm action and resulting timing problem.
New High-Speed Video of Marshall Mechanics
One of Dr. Mike Marshall's students recently posted to
video of the Marshall Pitching Mechanics and Motion.
Mechanic - August 2008