Discussion in 'Diamond Gators' started by 74nole, Jun 15, 2021.
Is there no one with balls that can kick that asshole in the nuts
Wow, Vandy with a 2 out rally and wins on a WP. Down goes the tree!
I HATE vandy douchebags. I am now the biggest NC state fan.
As MSU and Vandy proved, when they are down they are never out!!!
MSU just the better team. Those dudes are so mentally tough.
Great finish, but on the downside we have at least one more game of the whistler.
Vandy you lucky suckers.
Bradfield is so good. Hope he ends up with the Rays
He can be as disruptive to a defense for sure. There is no drill you can do to create that kind of speed. Yes, you can improve techniques—then you just sit back and enjoy the havoc it creates.
Bradfield is an exceptional athlete with real fire to win. A shame Gators couldn't get him on campus- a Florida kid and teammate of Carrion in HS.
A true freshman hitting .348 with OB% .467 and nearly 50 steals.... Kid runs the 60 yd. dash in 6.26. Gators' fastest runner is JY at 6.56. Team speed is an undervalued asset in this age of launch angles, velo, spin rates...
On the game: a two-out walk against a team like Vandy can come up and bite you. Extraordinary how quickly Beck seemed to lose command, control, the game and the season. Sadly, will likely remember that moment for the rest of his life- the heart break of sport.
The analytics don’t value speed enough. It isn’t just taking a base at an 85% clip or whatever it is for Bradfield. It is the pressure it puts on a pitcher and catcher. It is more fastballs to the hitters behind you so that you don’t give up the base. It is a lack of focus on making the perfect pitch. It affects everything. Sully has never had a Bradfield type that I can recall and I do think UF has missed an opportunity with such a guy.
Side note but related in psyche, Kyle Peterson talked about Brian O’Connor electing to sac bunt right away in the game against MSU and used a reference to Augie Garrido. Apparently Augie liked to do it in the first inning as he felt in Omaha it put extreme pressure on the opposing team. More so than the rest of the year.
Sully has generally been a station-to-station guy. He coaches in a similar vein to MLB. Obviously his results speak for themselves but I do wish UF did some of the smaller things at times.
Fully agree-- team speed greatly undervalued and often a difference maker. The 2015-17 Gators had a bit more speed than current group-- Bader, Reed, Liput, Guthrie, even India could get down the line. Granted nothing like Banfield- but he's unique. The current team had JY, Jud,-- and then slower but ok---- Rivera, maybe Halter and everyone else average or below average. Kirby, Hickey, Guscette, ponderous.
I was always surprised that no one ever nicknamed Kirby “Slow-Motion”….
Maybe, but not sure where their mental toughness was while getting run ruled two in a row.
Seen it too many times, a pitcher gets into the groove from a windup, but then falls apart when he has to pitch out of the stretch.
No wonder many guys are now learning to pitch out of the stretch 100% of the time.
Closest I can think of is Buddy Reed.
Agree with your analysis of going from windup to pitching out of the stretch should NOT be an issue. However I think it’s going overboard the other way to exclusively pitch out of the stretch.
For the pitchers I worked with if their pen work consisted of 20 FB’s/10 curves or sliders/ my guys would throw 30 Changeups. The idea was to feel as comfortable with the Changeup in a game as you did your other pitches. For that to happen you needed to work on it the same number of times you threw your other pitches.
60 pitch pen, half from the full windup—half from the stretch. In game scenarios 8 warmup pitches between innings/4 from the full windup—4 from the stretch.
Just make it part of the routine IMHO, you don’t want to unnecessarily lose the leg drive of the full windup.