While he won't make another start this season, and it's still unknown how his hamstring injury will impact his offseason training/throwing schedule, CC Sabathia has already started working on his mechanics and approach in preparation for what everybody hopes will be a bounce back 2014.
Sabathia spoke to the media at length on Tuesday about his struggles this season, what he needs to work on to be better next year, and what he's already started working on to make that transition from power pitcher to pitcher. There were references to changes in delivery and mechanics, bullpen work between starts in the past few weeks, and most interestingly, Sabathia saying he's started watching video of opposing hitters. It's not something he's ever done before this season, and Sabathia acknowledged the need to start doing it as part of his pregame preparation, saying:
“I feel like at certain times, I kind of fell in the same pattern, pitching the same way. Hitters watch video and they know what to expect out of me, so it’s only right for me to do the same thing. I've always been a guy that never watched video and that’s something that I need to change. My preparation for games probably needs to get a little better in that way."
I was a bit surprised to read that CC has never watched video before. I figured in today's modern age of analysis that would be at least a small part of every pitcher's prep routine. If it's something he thinks is going to help next year and he's already started doing it, then good for him for manning up and not being stubborn about changing. It's what older pitchers have to do to survive, and CC recognizes that he's an older pitcher now. If he's already begun the transformation of his game, that's reason to be encouraged about a turnaround next season.
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