I am sitting in our clubhouse before the game tonight and figured I had some time on my hands to describe my pre-game routine. Because I am starting, I do not have to be at the field until batting practice starts at 4 pm (other pitchers report at 2:30 pm). The starting pitcher is the first to take batting practice. Being in an organization in the National League, the Reds want their pitchers to have the basic skills of handling a bat down. I lay down about 5 bunts, 3 slash bunts, and finish by taking about 7-10 swings.
From 4:15 until about 5:30 pm I really do not have much to do. I might get a light snack or review the opponents’ stat sheet, but just try and find something to pass the time. At 5:30 I will get my uniform on and head to the training room. I grab two heat pads, one for my shoulder and one for my back, just to begin the warm-up process. Some days I might do a light shoulder workout using small weights, again just to aid my warm-up.
The last thing I do before I head to the field is look over the opponents’ lineup and look for a few specific categories. The categories that give me a little insight into how to pitch certain batters is walks, strikeouts, average, RBIs, and stolen bases. My on-field warm-up begins around 30 minutes before game time.
Coming into today’s game, we have lost six straight and, on top of that, my last two starts have been sub-par. The good news is that we are still in second place and only back one game of West Michigan. Hopefully we win tonight and get back to our winning ways.
Blame Chad for creating this mess.
Chad launched Redleg Nation in February 2005, and has been writing about the Reds ever since. His first book, “The Big 50: The Men and Moments That Made the Cincinnati Reds” is now available in bookstores and online, at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever fine books are sold. You can also find Chad’s musings about the Cincinnati Reds in the pages of Cincinnati Magazine.
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