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think Schilling in 2007
"One of the amazing transitions that just kind of happened this spring is being able to ‘pitch to contact’. I’ve always said I do, and sometimes I’ve tried but never to the extent I have this spring"
bobbing_headz wrote:DaShiz23 wrote:My take on this term is like a sinker baller, or a pitcher who throws 'pitcher pitch' strikes early in the count. A sinker baller wants you to smash the ball into the ground, instead of having you swing and miss. Instead of velocity, the pitcher uses late movement to dictate the type of contact a hitter makes. The pitcher also attacks batters who are known to swing early in the count, with pitches the batter can't do much with. For example, an offspead pitch on the outside of the plate to a dead-pull hitter. I don't believe it has much to do with strikeouts, as it has more to do with putting hitters in situations where they must swing at and put balls into play on their "own terms". They aren't trying to fool hitters into swings and misses, but into bad swings at good pitches, inducing ground outs or weak pop-ups. These pitchers must display great command with pitches that many can't locate on a regular basis.
A strikeout pitcher may display a great high fastball as a strikeout pitch, or even a nasty slider that falls off the table, but they also have a tendency to 'hang' these pitches, resulting in solid contact. Whereas, a pitcher who pitches 'to contact', can consistently locate 'their' pitches in the favorable location, thus controlling the effect of the batters' swing.
This is exactly what I think of. Pitchers like Wang, Buehrle or Penny are good examples.
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