The title you would think addresses Napolis bomb which allowed the rangers a commanding lead – but isn’t about homers…it’s about pitching. Going 8+ in a world series game is beyond major. Just look around and see now a days how many starters even go 6, very few. To give your pen a break and compete at level for that long against some of the best is something to be noted. We saw what type of numbers both teams can put up.
Beltre might I add was stellar at 3rd…gold glove caliber for sure. A lot of balls were hit hard his way and he made them all, made them look easy too.
I was working with a high school freshman who plays first and pitcher earlier today and we were talking about an approach. Last week I was hard on him for not remembering the pitches he got hits and ones he got out on. We discussed the importance of knowing how you were successful, with success becomes self knowledge – which then we begin developing a plan at the plate. Players can learn where they like certain pitches, and what they are capable of doing with it. Today, I scolded him again, but this time it was about knowing what pitches he got players out on and what pitches he gave up hits with. He forgot if he even walked anyone… He knows me well so I can afford to give him grief about these things without it impacting his self esteem/confidence.
The kid is 14 so in reality of course I don’t blame him, he’s a kid! BUT he is capable of applying more detail to the game. In the next couple of weeks I’m going to have him keep a little note book where he records his at bats and his mound appearances.
The sooner young players pay attention to detail, the smaller their learning curve will be.