Pitchers aim to be consistent with their release points for multiple reasons, but mainly to avoid injuries and keep batters guessing.
If every pitch is thrown the exact same way, it makes it that much harder to identify a fastball from a changeup and so on. And if that release point is off just a bit, the difference in the arm angle could mean the difference between an All-Star season and a stint on the disabled list.
It was encouraging, then, that Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell pointed to reliever Koji Uehara’s release point as a positive Monday when giving an update on the former closer, who was activated from the DL before Monday’s game against the San Diego Padres.
Check out what Farrell had to say about Uehara as seen on NESN’s “Red Sox First Pitch” in the video above.
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