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Why Pitchers Struggle With Runners On Base

Published by on April 21, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - MLB

When young pitchers start to struggle or even pitchers who have established themselves in the league, it usually begins with when a runner gets on base.

Usually for the pitcher, it's because they now have to contend with that baserunner  and the batter at the plate. Yet, the problem becomes when they become more concerned with that runner than on base than they are with the batter.

This leads to a few things happening. The first one is that they start to throw over a lot and then once they get their attention back on the batter, they can't find the plate and eventually walk the batter putting another runner on base.

Another result is that since the pitcher is more concerned with the runner, they put ...

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