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Pitch Sequence - What to throw and when?

Pitch Sequence - What to throw and when?

So, what's the best pitch sequence?  What pitches should I throw and when should I throw them?

I wish pitching was that easy.  You get a guy 0-1 with an outside fastball and then automatically throw a curveball for strike two.  Unfortunately, that's not the way it is.

In order to be successful pitchers we must mix up our pitch sequence.  There is no certain formula on what pitches to throw and when to throw them.  Every batter and every situation is different.

There are a few things that you must know about pitch sequence and mixing up your pitches.

1)  As you get into higher levels of baseball, the scouting reports become more specific.  You can expect every hitter on the other team to know exactly what percent of fastballs, curveballs, and change ups that you throw in each count.  Therefore, the more you mix it up, the more you'll keep them guessing.

2)  Changing eye levels (throwing up and down), disrupting hitter's balance (throwing in and out), and disrupting hitter's timing (throwing fast and slow) are the best ways to mix up your pitches.  For example, throwing an up and in fastball will make the down and away curveball a very tough pitch to hit.

3)  Doubling up on pitches is not