But it was definitely a delivery that I can recall easily - the lean-in for the sign, the set with his hands up high...
he then drops his hands "to the belt" so to speak:
And then goes into his pitching motion:
(Please accept my apologies for any memories of the 2008 ALCS I may have brought up).
So consider me surprised when I realized Tuesday watching the game that he removed a big part of his delivery. He no longer drops down to the belt before going into his pitching motion. I've been looking for video to pull screenshots from and have only found one and unfortunately it didn't show him from the set position at all, but I think you can tell here that his hands are higher than they used to be.
While I don't have video/screen shot proof, I am positive that at no time in the game Tuesday did he have his hands as they were in the first image I posted.
I'm surprised that I haven't heard about this yet and also that no one else seems to have noticed or found it worth mentioning. A change to a pitcher's delivery seems like the kind of thing we might get a story about during the long, dull days of Spring Training.
It's entirely possible that I'm reading too much in to this and pitchers make these sorts of changes all the time, but I doubt it. It seems like repeating everything about your delivery is what leads to success and consistency, so there must be some reason that Pap would make a change like this. Any thoughts?
Just for the record, the first video can be found here:
Clips of Pap starting at about 2:00
And the 2nd video from here:
Go to 1:15 and Pap will be up right around there.
EDIT for clarity in the subject line.
Edited by donutogre, 11 April 2009 - 01:33 PM.