Are hitters really better in 1-0, 2-0, 3-0, 2-1, and 3-1 counts? I think not!! Pitchers are just more predictable. Those are fastball counts, everyone in the ball park knows that when the pitcher needs to throw a strike he sticks with his go to pitch, fastball. Pitchers get nerves when they get in trouble and throw the pitch that they know they can throw for a strike. I’d way rather throw a change up and risk throwing a ball, then serve up a fastball and risk giving up a hit. What I just don’t understand is that old saying from so many coaches “I would rather you give up a home run than walk a guy”. REALLY? I sure wouldn’t!
In these counts go with your best off speed pitch, preferably a change up, and see what happens. I think you will be pleased with the results. I remember a game I pitched in while I was in single A ball when I walked the first hitter of the inning and then went 2-0 on the next guy. It could have ended in a disaster but I threw a change up down in the zone and got a ground ball double play. I struck the next guys out on four pitches to end the inning and saved myself from a bad inning. Remember, its easier to take speed off then to put speed on. Hitting is timing, and a pitchers job is to mess that up. Try to pitcher smarter and remember that your job is to get as many outs as you can in the least amount of pitches. Double plays are your best friend, not strike outs.