I talked to Tyler Waldron after his start on Monday, and he had an interesting quote about his work on his fastball command -- specifically his focus on throwing downhill and down.
“It sounds so easy, ‘downhill and down, downhill and down’, but it’s tough to get downhill,” Waldron said of the Pirates’ preference for pitchers to throw on a downhill plane, down in the zone. “I was probably 75/25 or 60/40 on down in the zone, so I definitely need to improve on that type of stuff.”
The Pirates talk so much about downward planes that it has sort of become a joke. It's a joke for either two reasons. One, some people don't understand it. Two, it sounds easier than it actually is, as Waldron points out.
Throwing on a downward plane is important. Imagine placing three zones over the plate. The first zone is up chest high for the batter. The second zone is around the batter's waist. The third zone is around the knees. If a pitcher throws a flat fastball, it usually sits in one zone. That make...
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