The Difference a Pitcher Makes Natasha D. Fickett COM/155 January 27, 2013 Dr. Cari Kenner The Difference a Pitcher Makes Crack! It is going, going---GONE, and the crowd goes wild. The game of baseball can infect anyone who watches long enough. Baseball is a game of happenstance: From one pitch to the next, it cannot be predicted, and it is this suspense, which keeps anyone who watches on the edge of his or her seats and why it is such an enjoyment to watch. Anyone young or old can enjoy the game of baseball because of its infectious nature. In the game of baseball, there are many similarities and differences between starting pitchers and relieving pitchers, in how they are used and how they pitch. For instance, a starting pitcher will pitch every five days and will usually pitch between six to seven innings. There are many factors that influence how many innings a starter does throw; one would be the runs given up during the game. If a pitcher gives up five runs in the first inning and another two in the next inning, the bullpen will be called on sooner to come in and pitch. In addition, starters can feature four to five different pitches and throw 100-120 of these pitches in an outing. The relief pitcher, meanwhile, can pitch every day, usually for only an inning or two. Relievers just feature two pitches and do no usually have a set throw count during the innings they come in, but sometimes only throw up to 20 pitches. Despite this, I believe that a relief staff can be just as important to a team’s success as its starting staff. While some baseball teams win regardless of having a poor bullpen, relief pitchers, and starting pitchers are equally important to a team’s success on the field. Other similarities with starters and relievers are that they all throw the same kinds of pitches. While a starter can throw four to five different pitches normally, a pitcher like R,A. Dickey, who throws a knuckle ball, may only feature the knuckle ball in his outing as a starter. Most starters throw some combination of a fastball, curveball, changeup, and a slider. Some starters feature multiple versions of a fastball. Josh Beckett, for instance, throws a four-seam fastball, a two-seam fastball, and a cut fastball. Mariano Rivera, as a reliever, will throw a four-seam fastball and a cut fastball but 90% of the time will just throw the cut fastball. “According to www.hardballtimes.com, pitching almost always wins championships. In the article, they do statistics-based research and found that only 2.83 percent of teams with mediocre or worse for pitching win the World Series. They also noted that 33 percent of teams with good pitching won the World Series without having good hitting or run support. However, the majorities of teams in the Major Leagues do and can have both. So while pitching is a huge factor in winning, it is not the only one.” (http://www.hardballtimes.com/main/article/pitching-almost-always-wins-championships/) Teams with good starters can make the playoffs and win it all. The San Francisco Giants won two of the last three World Series based on exceptional starters. A good starting staff can take pressure off a bullpen and allow them to pitch well also. The San Francisco Giants had the sixth best starter ERA (earned run average) in 2012 when they won the World Series. They also had the seventh best bullpen ERA as well. The St. Louis Cardinals won the World Series in 2011, and had the fourth best ERA in baseball in 2012. The lower a starting pitchers ERA can equal wins but not always. Justin Verlander, for example, had an ERA of 2.64 and won 17 games in 2012. David Price had a 2.56 ERA and won 20 games in 2012. There are many factors in winning a…
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“Life’s Experience Makes the Difference in the Music”
I remember as a little girl going to choir rehearsal with my mother at Brown’s Chapel A.M.E. church. My mother had a pretty soprano voice but wasn’t a soloist. I remember how I would be right there next to her, the smallest one in rehearsal singing the loudest. It was cute to the adults, to see this little girl singing her heart out. Little did my mother know her baby would…
Make a difference
In this society man are behind on education, the way that men and women are raise have a lot to do with making a difference. Society expects for women to learn and be educated but do not expect anything good from men especially African American men. However, both genders need to give their best on everything they do daily. For example, if someone asks for an advice that person should take notes so later on they can go over those notes and make sure that what had to be done, was…
skills and equipment. Facing the elements with the right equipment is hard enough but if there is a lack of any equipment the end results could be deadly. Since he lacked the knowledge of basic survival skills need for outside the community; like what to wear and how to pack; he caused the death of not only himself but of Gabe as well.
Unlike Jonas, Theo was able to get Kee to safety but was shoot in the process and dies right as The Human Projects ship The Tomorrow arrives to pick them up. Theo…
economic status account for differences in opinion. While merchants and farmers may be making good pay other merchants and large farmers who depended on Great Britain may make less profit. Large political leaders saw articles badly because they worked for the national government which had no power where as politicians in state governments may favor the articles because of their power and so will congress.
This means that the states will refuse the constitution and revert to what the articles say and rule…
to live behind the characters and unexpected heroes. “It’s the rattling-the-tiger-cage kind of thrill.” (Mcormick, Patrick) Although the television might lead us to believe otherwise, no one actually wants to experience a zombie apocalypse or know what it feels like to be faced with life threatening danger. The closest that audiences want to get to that magnitude of danger is to live vicariously through the main characters. “Reading or watching great monster stories, we get to accompany the frightened…
At the most basic level, a leader is someone who leads other. But what makes someone a leader? What is it about being a leader that some people understand and use to their advantage? A leader is a person who has a vision, a drive and a commitment to achieve that vision, and the skills to make it happen. Let's look at each of those in detail.
A leader has a vision. Leaders see a problem that needs to be fixed or a goal that needs to be achieved. It may be something that no one else sees or simply…
Motivation Makes All the Difference
In 2011 Chevron ran a television ad campaign with the name, “We Agree: Science Is Cool.” The commercial cuts back and forth between an employee talking about what Chevron is doing to improve education and a middle school aged student discussing his robotic claw from a school project. The commercial is clearly aimed at sparking an interest for science in young minds. In a caption to the video they state, “Chevron supports education, especially in science,…
A hero will think about other people before
they think about themselves. For example, firefighters are considered to be heroes because they
think about saving someone before they think about themselves. A hero will save other people
and fight crime and he will always do what is right and what is not wrong.
Second a hero is someone who is brave.Being brave is risking your live for others.
Bravery comes in many different ways and forms. Being brave doesn’t mean being selfish. A
brave person acknowledges the strength of others…
tension in the atmosphere between you and your
client. For example, majority of employees in a store ask if you need any help.
When they do, it is with respect and a positive attitude that makes you comfortable
enough to ask questions. If a salesman can not do so, they are not a good salesman
and won’t be able to make a successful sale, which also repels customers.
In response to the article, I too agree that a healthy self esteem is a key
quality to possess, mainly because I have a healthy self esteem…
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“Leaders make a real difference in an organisation’s performance”. Explain and critically evaluate this statement.
Leadership is defined as “a special case of interpersonal influence that gets an individual or group to do what the leader wants done” (Wood, J. et al, 2010) this is depicted across society ultimately through developing opportunities on individuals and…