Posted by burnsy483 on 5/29/2014 2:43:00 PM (view original):
Posted by MikeT23 on 5/29/2014 2:33:00 PM (view original):That's fine, do that, but you won't hit the ball as hard. That double you hit that one-hopped the left field wall is now a flyout because it wasn't hit as hard.
Posted by tecwrg on 5/29/2014 2:29:00 PM (view original):That's what I'm assuming. Professional players can't possibly take a little off their swing in order to make contact.
Posted by MikeT23 on 5/29/2014 2:25:00 PM (view original):I think the assumption is that a "just making contact with 2 strikes" means that you swing like an eight year old girl.
Posted by burnsy483 on 5/29/2014 2:20:00 PM (view original):Why does every struck ball, with two strikes, have to be a dribbler to the pitcher? We're talking about 400ish of the best baseball players in the world.
It's better to put the ball in play than to strike out. It's also better to hit the ball hard than to bunt the ball back to the pitcher. There are different "levels" to putting the ball in play.
That ground ball up the middle is now fielded by the pitcher.
Not all AB reach 2 strikes. And, sometimes, the 3rd strike is a meatball down the middle of the plate. Seems to me, with a 2-2 or 3-2 count, "a little off their swing" might be virtually nothing.
Again, we're talking about the top 1% of hitters in the world. They can adjust when they recognize the pitch.