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Smoltz: Finesse for a change | ajc.com

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Smoltz: Finesse for a change | ajc.com

I personally like the idea of Smoltz being more of a finesse pitcher. He has shown this spring he can be very effective pitching that way, and we all know that he has the ability to reach back and throw it hard when he needs too.

Usually you have either a power pitcher or a finesse pitcher, but rarely both. While control is important for all pitchers, its vital for a finesse pitcher. Many people theorized that Randy Johnson’s poor season last year was due to the fact that he lost a bit of his power. While he used to could afford to not have pin-point control, after losing a few mphs off his fastball, that lack of accuracy was now apparent.

Normally when a finesse pitcher loses his pin-point control, his career is over, because he can’t suddenly compensate by over powering the hitters. Its the same situation for most power pitchers. If they lose some of their power, they don’t have the pin-point control of a finesse pitcher to fall back on.

Smoltz seems to working on his insurance policy. Not only will throwing more finesse pitches allow him to put less wear on his arm, it will also give him something to fall back on when the power isn’t there. When the power is there, it will give him a powerful combination of control and power that he can combine and interchange at will.

They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but I guess Smoltz is showing that at least they can teach themselves.



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