Here are several links from the past week that will make your Monday a bit more bearable:
The numbness and tingling would come and go, usually in a day or two. For Josh Beckett, this went on for years, an uncomfortable side effect of pitching for a living.
The time, the condition persisted for six weeks, affecting his everyday life.
“I’d try to drive with my right hand,” Beckett said, “and my right hand would go numb.”
He could pitch, he said, but his arm would feel weak and heavy.
“I’d throw a bullpen, and I couldn’t feel my hand,” he said.
So Derek Holland has changed his release point, which may have something to do with his improved command, especially on his slider. He’s walking fewer batters than ever before (2.29 per nine) and hitting the zone at a 49% clip, confounding batters with a 62% first strike rate. With more precise movement, control and command, Holland’s slider has become a cornerstone of his pitch arsenal and has doubled in usage from last year to 25%. As a lefty pitcher, his slider is cutting across the zone and becoming a serious problem for left handed hitters.
That’s it. Have a walk-off week!