Baseball Tip Of The Week #1

Game Management for Catchers

By: Team Express

Originally Posted: 5/12/2019

We all know how important being ahead in the count is for pitchers. But when you take a closer look at the numbers, the differences can be absolutely staggering. Here is what MLB batters averages over a three year span (over 250,000 at-bats) when they were ahead in the count:

 

Behind In The Count

Count 2013 Batting AVG 2014 Batting AVG 2015 Batting AVG
2-0 .370 .347 .355
3-0 .340 .331 .340
3-1 .352 .348 .348

 

Why are these averages so high? Because when a pitcher falls behind in the count, odds are they are going to have to throw a fastball and the batter is ready to feast. So as a catcher it's important to keep your pitcher ahead and set up for success.

Over the same three-year period, look at the difference when the pitcher is the one who is ahead.

 

Ahead In The Count

Count 2013 Batting AVG 2014 Batting AVG 2015 Batting AVG
0-1 .232 .227 .225
0-2 .155 .156 .152
1-2 .171 .163 .167

 

As Coach Danny Sheaffer points out, "You throw strike one, you win the count." For a closer look at these numbers, watch the video above.