Pitching strategy: What to do when you're up 0-2
I know what it's like to get caught up in a game. You're in the zone. Chugging along. That's the "rhythm of pitching" that coaches and pros talk about. It's how you get in a groove and stay there.
But sometimes, that rhythm can work against you. Like in 0-2 counts. Yeah, you're ahead of the hitter. But don't relax. Don't forget to concentrate a little extra on 0-2.
Make your pitch unhittable either by moving the hitter's feet to set up the 1-2 pitch (keep the ball below the hitter's waist) or by picking at the corners of the plate. Nothing hurts your chances of winning more than giving up 0-2 hits.
Bear down and make a good, "purposely" placed pitch.