3 and 0 Count Baseball Strategy
The 3 and 0 count baseball strategy
is a common issue for all coaches. Do you tell your team to take the pitch or give certain batters the right to
Conservative baseball would have you take the pitch on the thought you are likely to gain a walk with
another ball. This assumes the pitcher will throw yet another ball after three balls in a row. Ideally, you
would force a wild pitcher to throw more pitches causing him to give more walks and have him taken out of the
aggressive strategy would be to allow batters to swing if they get a good pitch. Since most high school pitchers will try to bear down and throw a good
fastball for a strike, the odds are you will be getting a good pitch to hit. If you have a good hitter at the plate, it would make since to give him a
chance to swing at the pitch. The catch is you may end up
helping the pitcher by hitting a fly ball or a ground out.
on this situation, you really need to know your lineup. Is
the hitter at the plate one who can hit this pitcher’s fastball well? If the hitter is not, it would make no since to swing a way.
However, if the hitter can see the pitcher’s pitches well
and is a good hitter, it would be more advantageous for him to swing if he is likely to get an extra base
hit. If he will merely be able to likely get a single, it
would be more sensible to take the pitch.
Another factor to consider is whether there are
runners in scoring position. If there are runners in
scoring position, good hitters should be allowed to swing away as you have a better chance for getting an
RBI. Also, if you are unlikely to get a hit from the
batters following him, it would make a lot of since to let the good hitter
it comes down to it, whether to take the pitch or swing away on a 3 and 0 count depends on the hitter.
If you believe they can drive in a run or get an extra base
hit; then, it is to your benefit to have them swing away. However, for most hitters in high school, you will want them to take the
pitch as this will give you an additional base runner and force the pitcher to throw more pitches.
This could result in him throwing more balls or having a
more fatigued pitcher late in the game.
get some ideas on how to get more juice out of your hitting lineup, check out Strategy For Baseball Batting Lineups.