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So I went to Mariners game and what started off good, got pretty bad when relief pitching started to come in. So to keep myself entertained I tuned myself in to the man pitching the 9th and watched his mechanics as best as I could from a bit of a distance (but from behind home plate).
So to start off lets look at Adams bare stats, so far he’s pitched in 3 games for the Tigers and features a 4.05 ERA with a 5.81 FIP and currently has an incredibly lucky .200 BABIP. He features an upper 80′s fastball with a slider to break up the monotony.
Enough boring numbers…lets talk about the interesting stuff.
So I was sitting there and what caught my was how the GS leg planted after it kicked. It was basically landing way off toward the first base line. Well, that’s really letting his body fly open and his release has to be a bit later to get that ball to go back over the plate and really late to get it inside on a righty hitter. He’s basically a side-arm pitcher so, just in my mind that makes it a bit more difficult to release correctly.
So I started watching closer, if I see one thing I’ll probably see another so I started to pay attention to his arms. And I saw what something a lot of pitchers do wrong and something a bit more unique. I saw him swing his arm into the cocked position all wrong, very herky jerky and incredibly rushed. Wilk’s is rushed in a special way, it’s rushed to where when he decides to load his shoulder blades, he only has time to bring one back and then cock the arm. Overall none of that is good for his shoulder/elbow because the loading rate is putting extreme stress on his joints, but also the awkward position he’s putting his arm in is doing him no good either.
Did I mention none of this is good for his control either? Might have something to do with those extra runs he gave up to the Mariners. Maybe I’m just bitter still after having gone to my first Tigers loss. But at any rate, it’s something for him to work on.