St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Jose Martinez watching video in the dugout.

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How The Cardinals Utilize Video Before, During, After Every Game

"everything that I could get off the pitcher or the catcher was a big help for me," says Jose Martinez.

May 31, 2018 - 1:30 pm

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Baseball has become a game that's full of sabermetrics, Statcast recordings and every team having its own video department, dedicated to storing hundreds of thousands of at bats each season. And players can't get enough of it. 

For this week's episode of the Ameren Illinois Inside Pitch with Kyle McClellan, he asked St. Louis Cardinals players about their habitual use of video to prepare throughout the season. 

Video is something that first baseman Jose Martinez says he's relied on for a long time, especially being utilized mostly as a pinch hitter in his MLB career. He says during games he'll sometimes go back and watch video of an opposing pitcher if he's expecting to get an at bat.  

"My job was coming off the bench, so everything that I could get off the pitcher or the catcher was a big help for me," Martinez says. 

Kolten Wong says he likes to watch how a certain pitcher will attacked other left-handed batters like him. And sometimes more importantly, he'll watch his at bats after the game if he's in a slump, to try and fix his mechanics. 

But it's not just helpful when your at the plate, as Harrison Bader says he uses video as a base-stealing tool. He explains that he will look for a pitcher's tell in his pick-off move or delivery to the plate, helping him get a better lead or jump when given the steal sign. 

And it's just as useful from a pitcher's perspective, as Luke Weaver explains, he's "not a big video guy" but does include it in his pregame routine. 

"Before game I like to see more of guys in the box, where they're standing," Weaver says. "A lot of these guys I'm seeing for the first time and I don't want it to be foreign when I first get on the mound. I want to go through the lineup, see their tendencies, what they look like and just simplify it as much as I can."

Watch last week's episode of the Ameren Illinois Inside Pitch with Kyle McClellan: 

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