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1-1. This count must be won. If the batter goes 1-2, the batting average goes down, if he goes 2-1, typically the average goes up. The 1-2 count allows the pitcher to throw something on the ‘black’ or up in the zone to either get the call or draw a defensive swing thus making the batter to come off ‘his pitch’ and expand the zone and try to decipher the most predictable pitch and try to hit a pitch where it is thrown, conversely, the 2-1 count is usually when a batter is thinking fastball and most high school pitchers aren’t disciplined or confident enough or even taught for that matter to trust their off-speed pitch and throw it in a fastball count so they can sit on the fastball or continue to look for, and hit, ‘their pitch’ hard somewhere.
The most important count in baseball is the current count. You can’t focus on anything but the next pitch.
BTW, thanks IU…Go Hoosiers! You folks helped start our educational nonprofit Beyond Athletic Life Lessons, and we mainly focus on baseball.
the 3-1 count is the most difficult count to educate hitters on. It is really a rally killers because players feel that the pitcher has got to get that pitch in and they really think the pitch is going to be a good. The only pitch I want my hitter to swing at is an attachable belt high fastball. I use every little prevalent happening 1.e pitcher’s control, score of the game, inning of the game, bases that runners are on as guide to swing at the 3-1 pitch.
Two perspectives as it depends who you are asking this question to…
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0-0….F-irst P-itch S-trikes provides dominant a tone throughout the game…
1-1…i think statistically the batters odds of success weigh in the balance at this point…
I believe the 1-1 count is the key factor in pitching success if the pitcher has reasonable command. Get ahead 1-2 the hitter imediately gets defensive and must protect his at bat. The umpire usually calls strikes a ball width off the plate. With the zone naturally expanded the hitter must cover more area. I like the odds for the pitcher and the stats show he is in control of the AB.
First pitch strike is the biggest deal for me. The following was taken from an article in the April 22, 2010 edition of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette: “The first-strike effect cannot be overstated: A recent study by the Hardball Times online journal showed that a pitcher throwing a ball in the strike zone gets either an 0-1 count or an out a remarkable 92.7 percent of the time. And the common batting average after an 0-1 count is .239.”
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