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Max Scherzer's Mechanics

Browsing around Chris O'Leary's site, I came across a little blurb about Max Scherzer:

"Max Scherzer (Mizzou) - 2/17/2006
Injury Risk Rating = Worse Than Average
Over the weekend I came across an article in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch talking about Mizzou pitcher Max Scherzer. I managed to find a few pictures of him and feel that he resembles Mark Prior in the he makes what some call an Upside-Down W as he turns his pitching arm over. In doing this, he brings his elbows above the level of his shoulders. As a result, I expect that Max Scherzer will have serious elbow problems as well as shoulder (especially rotator cuff) problems.

    * Max Scherzer Update 5/2/2006: Over the course of the season shoulder tendonitis caused Scherzer to miss three starts. I believe that this is related to the fact that Scherzer takes his elbows both above and behind his shoulders."

It's an interesting observation and it wasn't very hard to find visual evidence.  I was also able to find some evidence of what O'Leary calls "hyperabduction".  For an example of good mechanics, he points to Greg Maddux.  Take a look at the difference in elbow height at the fully cocked position.  Maddux is way lower.

Does anyone have any pictures of Scherzer pitching this year?  AFL or otherwise?  It'd be interesting to see if his mechanics have changed at all since his college days.

On the bright side, O'Leary really likes Haren's mechanics.

I don't have any proof, but I think that Owings throws a lot like Haren.  I'd be interesting if O'Leary did an analysis of Webb.  Maybe if he got a nudge from a well known blog-o-sphereian...

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