Playing Offense vs. Being Offensive
By Brendan Dougherty
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The Odds tell us to Trust 5 basic Principles in Playing Offense
A much higher percentage of ground balls (40%) and line drives (80%) turn into hits. Fly balls fall in for hits about (20%) of the time.
Approach- Hit What You Are Looking For!
0-0 Pitch– We want to be aggressive, but we must be controlled with our aggressiveness and hit a pitch that we are looking for in that zone. This starts with our on-deck preparation, knowing what the pitchers tendencies are for this pitch and going up to the plate looking for that pitch.
Advantage Hitting Count- 1-0, 2-1, 2-0, 3-1, 3-0
When we are in an advantage hitting count, we are focusing on a 3 Ball wide zone and we are looking to drive a pitch in that zone. If we get that pitch we should EXPECT IT and be ready to hit it. We should never get jammed in these counts.!
Two Strike Hitting- IT’S A MENTALLITY!
The biggest key to hitting with 2 strikes is not being afraid of striking out. We will give you two strikes in an AB, the third strike is for the TEAM! We will make adjustments when we have two strikes (UP on Bat, UP on the Plate, Down in our Stance), we should never run out of bat on a FB away, we are looking to spoil good pitches and put balls in play. The odds tell us that if we force a team make 27 plays in a game we will have a great chance of winning (75%) of the time. All pitchers will make great pitches, they will also make mistakes.
We want the starting pitcher to be at 20 pitches per inning and 100 by the sixth. It is a fact that college bullpens are made up of the next best pitchers (Closer being the exception)
TODAY + TODAY+ TODAY= YOUR CAREER
Affects of Creating a High Pitch Count:
Winning the Series- if we are able to get into the bullpen early on in a series our percentage of winning that series goes up.
At the Division 1 level balls hit on the ground Batting Avg. is .300 On Base % is .420
At the Division 1 Level balls hit as a line drive Batting Avg. is .800 On Base % is .820
At the Division 1 Level balls hit as fly balls Batting Avg. is .200 On Base % is 210
0-0 count= .335 avg.
1-0 count= .324 avg.
2-0 count= .339 avg.
3-0 count= .359 avg.
0-1 count= .309 avg.
1-1 count= .320 avg.
2-1 count= .338 avg.
3-1 count= .357 avg.
Stats are based on a study done during 2019 major league season
Two Strike Count
0-2 count= .159 avg.
1-2 count= .172 avg.
2-2 count= .189 avg.
3-2 count= .226 avg.
TODAY+TODAY+TODAY= YOUR CAREER