BASEBALL: Control vs. command

I’ve had it wrong all this time.

In trying to analyze the Cody Satterwhite situation I’ve made reference to control problems at times. Obviously control for a baseball pitcher deals with balls and strikes, walks and strikeouts. I’ve also used control to discuss a pitcher’s accuracy regarding where in the strike zone he attempts to throw a pitch.

Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco told us Wednesday that isn’t control. The word for that is command. If a guy can throw a fastball not only in the zone but can consistently throw it on the outside edge of the plate, that guy’s got command.

Bianco said Satterwhite was very good with most of his pitches at Georgia but lacked command on a handful. That small amount hurt in the end, because three of the seven hits he allowed were home runs.

Command was good most of the day, and Satterwhite averaged 95 miles an hour on 100 pitches. One of the things that happens when a guy throws 95 is that a batter who rarely hits for power can look good if he gets a clean swing, because the faster-pitched ball is going to jump off the bat. That happened twice in the Georgia game Sunday.

At times Satterwhite has had control problems.

Bianco sees that Satterwhite has limited his earned runs allowed and that he’s gotten very little run support. He remains firmly in Satterwhite’s corner and believes Satterwhite continues to be the best option to give his team a chance to win on Sundays.

Last year Bianco stayed with Scott Bittle and it paid off with some big innings late in the year.

As Bianco helped us with the control vs. command issue, we were able to help him with the plural tense for a third baseman.

— PA

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4 Responses to “BASEBALL: Control vs. command”

  1. cr Says:

    I wonder if Satterwhite lacks movement on his fastball – he could probably get away with some command issues with more movement. The other issue is that he pitches way too much behind in the count – missing at 2-0 is a lot different than missing at 0-2.

  2. djrebel Says:

    Bingo! I think that might be Satterwhite’s biggest problem. I can’t count the number of times I’ve seen him fall behind in the count. I wasn’t at the Alabama game, which was obviously his best game of the year. Maybe he had both command and control in that game.

    — PA

  3. kylebuddy Says:

    Do you think that the Rebels will win the series against Auburn?Auburn is on the bottom of the list, and i think that the Rebels will have a chance on Saturday and today, with Drew Pomeranz and Lance Lynn pitching.I think that it is to good to be true that the Rebels will win the series against Auburn, but it will be a tight game on Sunday. Satterwhite does fall behind in the count a whole bunch, and probably does need to make more movement on his fastball.

  4. djrebel Says:

    Kylebuddy, I think the Rebels will win the series, but you can’t take anything for granted. Ole Miss pitches well, but Auburn can really hit. We’ll just have to see what happens.

    — PA

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