Henry Owens Tweaks Pitching Motion In Today’s Start
Henry Owens had a typical Henry Owens start in game 1 of today’s Paw Sox doubleheader. He had trouble throwing strikes and had long at bats. In only 4.1 innings, he gave up 2 hits, 1 runs, 3 walks, 2 hit by pitches, and 3 strikeouts. What is even more amazing is that he did it on 103 pitches (56 strikes). When Owens left the game, he was responsible for runners at 2nd and 3rd. When Marcus Walden came into the game, he allowed one of those runner to score on a wild pitch. That was the only run charged to Henry Owens.
The most notable thing to come out of today’s game from Owens is his pitching delivery. You can see it in the video below from his last start in Durham that he didn’t have much of a leg kick. I am aware that he wasn’t pitching out of the stretch but it gives you an idea of how he was pitching before hand.
Today, Owens had more of a leg kick and he was bringing the pitch above his head in his wind up. After the game Manager Kevin Boles acknowledged it by saying:
“looked like the leg kick was a little higher, that’s one thing that stood out. He’s been searching a little bit. Having the hands go overhead. He’s done some different things from spring training. He’s just trying to find himself where he can be athletic and repeat.”
Analysis Of Owens Start
It’s clear that Henry Owens is trying to find something where he can repeat his delivery and pitch effectively. Today, it helped him get outs but it didn’t get him to pitch more effectively. Owens still had trouble throwing strikes and getting quick at bats. But there wasn’t much hard contact off him today. He was able to keep hitters from getting hits and keeping his team in the game.