On his low strikeout rate: “It doesn’t bother me at all. My job is to get the hitter out, and it doesn’t matter to me how I get him out: fly ball, ground ball, the occasional strikeout. I know there are times you need a strikeout, like with a guy on third base with less than two out. But for the most part, I try to get the hitters out with one pitch. It obviously takes at least three to get a strikeout, and the more you can limit your pitches, the deeper into the game you can go. I like quick innings.
“For me, the meaning [of pitching to contact] is being aggressive and commanding the strike zone. Once you can start doing that, you’ll get the hitters in swing mode. If you’re pitching to contact, you’re allowing your defense to be on their toes a lot more, and any time I can do that, I feel like I’m doing my job.
“Pitching is all about location and keeping hitters off-balance. It doesn’t matter how hard you throw. I mean, it’s nice to have 98 to 100, but if you can’t locate that and are walking guys, it’s no good to you. You can also keep a hitter off-balance with mostly fastballs, if you use them differently. You can throw four-seamers, sinkers and cutters and move the ball around. You can do that and get weak contact. You don‘t need to strike guys out to get outs.”
Posted: August 22, 2012 at 09:25 AM | 6 comment(s)
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