By Debra Roach. Baseball Gear. Published at Friday, June 15th, 2018 - 11:55:16 AM.
Professional pitchers are known for throwing around 70 to 75 percent first-pitch strikes in game. Every pitcher should try to reach this level of efficiency because it will make it easier to control at-bats. Now that you have successfully entered the 0-1 count, you will have a little leeway on what types of pitches to throw, and where you would like to locate them. The number one strategy in this pitch count is to get another strike on the batter. However, this doesn’t mean that you throw a meaty fastball down the middle of the plate.
Why? Well, I saw good teams play, but the main reason was not that simple. I learned more about what goes on in the game, the many decisions that are made, and the numerous and small factors that determine the outcome of each play and, eventually, the game. Scoring baseball games was the key.
Let me explain. Scoring baseball games means keeping an account, on a score sheet, of what happens in the game. Some people just keep track of outs, hits and scores. That’s fine and a good place to start, but my breakthrough to understanding was the result of tracking every pitch. I liked to say that I could reconstruct an entire game with my scorebook. That’s a helpful tool because you do not know what play will end up being particularly important. An outfielder’s assist in the third inning might prove to be a pivotal point. You’ll see that more clearly when you’re able to review the entire game after the fact.
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