September a real challenge for young pitchers

For many young pitchers, September is different than any other month in the regular season. Infinitely different.

Originally Published: September 7, 2006
By Sean McAdam | Special to ESPN.com

For the first 130 games or so of the baseball season, one month blends seamlessly into another, without much fanfare. When April turns to May, or June becomes July, it's hardly noted.

But the arrival of September is different, particularly for young pitchers. September is the great unknown, unchartered territory.

For pitchers, that last step from August to September is a doozy.

"September," warns a longtime advance scout, "is totally different. It's a whole new ball game and ...

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