Don Adams Wheel of Justice wrote:
We'll dump Liriano to the Rays for a bucket of balls before the trade deadline, and they'll figure out how to make him either a 20 game winner or a stud closer.
Not a chance. Look at his delivery. Stride is way too long, still does the "inverted W", and recoils violently. He'll need a 2nd Tommy John surgery within 2 years. Book it.http://www.twincities.com/portlet/artic ... Id=4384469
The "perfect" stride length is supposed to be 85-90% of a person's height. Does Tim Lincecum over-stride too?
If you look at the picture, his upper body is perfectly balanced over his lower body (if he was overstriding his upper body would generally be ahead of his lower body).
As for the "inverted W" (or as we called it in high school--Scap Loading--pinching the elbows behind the back), almost every single major league pitcher does that to one extent or another. If they didn't, they wouldn't be able to throw it 90+ mph. What we were told in high school is that a slower stride to the plate would mean more "scap load" and Liriano has a pretty slow stride to the plate.
If he's trying to do it intentionally, that is one thing (it is generally a better idea to generate velocity from your legs than your upper body), but if it is a result of his slow stride that is another. Look at guys like Greg Maddux--he had a pretty big scap load at one point in his career too.
The violent recoil is dead on. It looks ugly. I think he over-rotates his hips to try to generate extra velocity and bite on his slider, which is probably going to end up causing him to get hurt again. For some reason, he seems like he's really afraid to let loose with his upper half and is over-using his push-off which puts him in terrible position after the release (like he's jumping at the plate).