Youth Baseball - Setting Up Hitters
the pitcher vs hitter scenario, the pitcher has the advantage. Hitters
usually only get a hit every third or fourth time at bat. You want
your pitchers to think that they have a competitive advantage over
the hitters. At the same time they need to respect their opponents,
and to have a specific plan on how to confront the hitters. Pitchers
do not want hitters to get comfortable in the batter's box when they
face them; they want to create doubt in the hitter's mind and keep
them off-balance. Following are some methods to keep hitters off balance.
The most common pattern is to establish the fastball away to set-up
the change-up away. By getting the hitter to look for a fastball, even
an average change-up can fool the hitter. A variant of this would be
to establish the change-up away to set-up the fastball away.
For pitchers who can throw hard, this can be a very effective sequence.
The most common patterns are to establish fastballs inside to set-up
the fastball away.
The most common pattern is to establish the fastball low to setup the
fastball high. The opposite is equally effective.
This sequence works well against undisciplined hitters. A common pattern
is to throw a fastball up for a strike. If the batter swings at it,
throw the next one a little higher, if he chases that, throw the next
one a little higher.
of speeds to the opposite location
The most common pattern is to throw a fastball on one side of the plate
to set up the change-up on the opposite side of the plate.
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