Those players have been coached, lectured, cajoled, coaxed and practically begged by first-year manager Joe Torre and his mostly first-year coaching staff since the first day of spring training to go to the plate with a plan, wait for a hittable
pitch, shorten up their swings with two strikes and, above all, make the opposing pitcher throw as many pitches as possible within that plan.
Anyone that you make throw more pitches will lose a little velocity on the fastball, and then things become a little more hittable
After a two-and-a-half-hour tour of the plant in Turrialba, Sandy Alderson, the majors' vice president for baseball operations, announced that, while he had begun the inspection believing that the hand-stitched balls in the factory had somehow been altered to make them more hittable
, the visit had changed his mind.
Garciaparra might have been an even better hitter if he had worked the count more, and Pedroia probably would be better if he didn't take so many hittable
strikes early in the count.
He certainly showed some vulnerabilities and he certainly showed that he e was hittable
As for the idea that he won't see as many hittable
pitches with All-Star Miguel Cabrera gone to the Tigers?
But he also greatly reduces the chance he will chase something that initially looks like a strike but ends up being far beyond the zone and far beyond hittable
We thought we'd take a few pitches and get (Duryea's) pitch count up to make him more hittable
This time, Peavy seemed strangely hittable
from the start -- a fact that might have actually mattered had he been facing any other team.