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Tuesday night Yordano Ventura pitched seven innings while giving up four hits and only one earned run—but those numbers don’t tell the whole story. If I counted right, Ventura threw first-pitch strikes to 20 of the 28 batters he faced. (And if I counted wrong he still threw a whole bunch of first pitch strikes.)
Throwing first-pitch strikes and staying ahead in the count means a pitcher can use all his pitches; not just the ones he can throw for strikes. Hitters want to get into fastball counts and limit the pitcher to one pitch; a fastball. Hitting is difficult when you’re behind in the count and trying to cover everything a guy throws; hitting gets easier when you’re ahead in the count and can sit on a fastball.
Just look at the one earned run Ventura gave up:
By LEE JUDGE. 2 minutes ago