The Baseball Observer Feb 2015 vol 1 - Page 30

F. Assess where the fielders are defensively while you’re at the plate. Simple example would be let’s say you’re a right handed batter yet the outfield is shaded toward right field or the infield is shifted more toward first base. Odds are the pitcher is going to throw pitches on the outside of the plate. Therefore you have a pretty good idea you’re going to get a steady diet of outside pitches. G. Short memory. You can’t change the past so get over it. Learn from it but move on. This is tough. We are all usually tougher on ourselves than anyone else. That little voice in your head is with you 24hrs a day and it will start making you doubt yourself and your confidence will decline. Once you start losing confidence, your performance declines. If you strike out 3 or 4 times in a row it would be easy t to get down on yourself. I suggest you look at it differently. The odds are greatly in your favor that you will succeed the next time (remember the 75-82%?) so get psyched to get back up there and hit. SUMMARY: Once you have a firm grasp on these first principles you can tackle the more “Advanced” strategies. Things like knowing if the pitch count is in your favor or not (tips off the type of pitch you’ll probably see), having a plan at the plate, knowing the situation and a few more – but that’s for another article. No matter what situation you find yourself in, above all, your primary goal is just to put the ball in play – the one thing you can control. Plus NEVER forget, you have at least a 70%+ success rate at the plate so go up there with confidence every time.