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Baseball: Pitching - Windup and Stretch

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There are two types of positions that a pitcher may use when making a pitch: the windup or the stretch.

The Windup

The windup involves a longer motion than the stretch. It has a big leg kick that is thought to give the pitch more power. The windup is used when there are no runners on base or there is only a runner on third.


Leg kick
The pitcher's leg kick


Here are some steps to throwing from the windup:
The Stretch

The stretch is a simpler, more compact pitching position. The stretch is used when there are base runners on first or second base. Since the pitching motion takes less time, it gives the runners less time to steal bases. Some pitchers like to use the stretch all the time regardless of the base runners.

The pitching stretch
The stretch position


Another name for the stretch is the "set" position. This is because the pitcher must become "set" for a moment before throwing the pitch to home plate.

Here are the basic steps to throwing from the stretch (right handed pitchers): Note: Once you lift your left leg, the pitching motion of the stretch should be the same as that of the windup. It's only the beginning steps that are different.

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