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On the diamond, pitching success can ebb and flow like the tide. Like oceangoing vessels, control pitchers often enjoy smooth sailing, even as the waters swell and waves come crashing down. Conversely, pitchers who issue a significant number of free passes seldom sail on calm seas. Rather, pitchers with poor walk rates always seem to be bailing water, frantically trying to keeping their boat afloat.
This week's For Better, For Worse will consider the issue of control, and the pitchers that most clearly illustrate its importance. Those with spotless control have something better to offer while those that struggle to throw strikes often have things take a turn for the worse, sometimes in Titanic fashion.