Baseball Magazine

Win the Even Counts

By Meachrm @BaseballBTYard
Win the even countsThere are twelve ball/strike counts in baseball:  0-0, 0-1, 0-2, 1-0, 1-1, 1-2, 2-0, 2-1, 2-2, 3-0, 3-1, and 3-2.All counts require focus but the success of a pitcher, both short and long-term, often will be determined by how they do in three of them.  0-0, 1-1, and 2-2.  The even counts.This is because each of those three counts brings the pitcher to a cross-road where he can go in one of two directions – one that will significantly increase his chances of winning the at-bat and one that will significantly help the batter win the at-bat.  Make a quality pitch and the 0-0 becomes 0-1.  The 1-1 count becomes a 1-2.  A 2-2 pitch becomes an out.  All of those favor the pitcher.On the other hand, if the pitcher throws a bad pitch in those counts, an 0-0 count becomes 1-0.  A 1-1 count becomes 2-1.  A 2-2 count becomes a 3-2.  All those new counts turn the advantage back to the hitter in a big way.All the pitches you throw in a game are important.  However, if you consistently win just those three even counts then your chances of coming away with a W will increase dramatically.Focus on those even counts!

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