IS A FULL COUNT A PITCHERS COUNT?

Do you regard a full-count to be a pitcher’s count? I always felt it was a batter’s count. I always felt that batter would do pretty well in light of the fact that a pitcher was forced to throw a ball in the strike zone.

Well, since I’m not of the school that a walk is as good as a hit, my gut here was wrong. While batters have an .812 OPS on full-counts, it is primarily because of a high OBP because of walks. Batters only slug .353 on full-counts and only hit .210.

Take a look:
Split PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
First Pitch 7809 7432 1493 2574 519 36 393 1397 0 0 .346 .354 .584 .938
1-0 Count 4619 4494 888 1470 325 23 263 854 0 0 .327 .330 .585 .915
2-0 Count 1762 1728 406 641 132 9 129 394 0 0 .371 .371 .682 1.052
3-0 Count 1437 105 67 39 9 1 7 66 1325 0 .371 .949 .676 1.625
0-1 Count 6250 6028 981 1965 367 34 251 931 0 0 .326 .336 .523 .859
1-1 Count 5925 5779 1031 1943 408 46 274 978 0 0 .336 .340 .565 .905
2-1 Count 3448 3383 619 1158 223 23 201 592 0 0 .342 .346 .600 .946
3-1 Count 3259 1486 371 543 110 12 114 369 1744 0 .365 .705 .686 1.390
0-2 Count 6272 6160 413 939 158 18 82 387 0 3203 .152 .159 .224 .383
1-2 Count 10653 10509 734 1685 315 29 189 688 0 5056 .160 .168 .250 .417
2-2 Count 10360 10227 849 1783 329 25 219 813 0 4675 .174 .180 .276 .456
Full Count 9872 6715 785 1410 307 30 197 753 3096 2535 .210 .459 .353 .812
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Generated 6/12/2017.

A full-count on Jose Bautista is exactly what pitchers want

Take a look at the numbers of the batters with the 10 most 3-2 counts this season. Take a really good look at how Jose Bautista, a seasoned veteran is struggling (unlike Paul Goldschmidt) and the plate discipline of super-rookie Aaron Judge who has more Total Bases on his hits than any other batter. Don’t forget to show a little love to Anthony Rendon as well.

George Springer leads the majors with 5 full-count HR in 39 PA
Player PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB GDP BAbip
Jose Bautista 65 43 2 4 1 0 1 3 22 25 .093 .400 .186 .586 8 0 .176
Brandon Belt 60 36 3 8 2 0 1 3 24 15 .222 .533 .361 .894 13 0 .350
Khris Davis 59 42 3 7 2 0 3 6 17 22 .167 .407 .429 .835 18 1 .235
Aaron Judge 59 38 6 13 3 1 4 12 21 19 .342 .576 .789 1.366 30 2 .600
Paul Goldschmidt 58 36 4 13 3 0 2 8 20 9 .361 .603 .611 1.215 22 0 .440
Matt Carpenter 57 40 5 9 1 0 3 8 16 17 .225 .456 .475 .931 19 0 .300
Edwin Encarnacion 54 35 2 6 1 0 1 1 19 18 .171 .463 .286 .749 10 1 .313
Joey Gallo 53 34 5 5 1 0 2 5 19 25 .147 .453 .353 .806 12 0 .429
Anthony Rendon 53 29 3 10 0 1 1 4 23 2 .345 .623 .517 1.140 15 2 .333
Eric Thames 53 29 5 7 1 1 2 3 24 6 .241 .585 .552 1.137 16 1 .238
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Nine to Know: Pitchers with the most full-counts this season

Jason Grilli has allowed five full-count HR in 24 PA
Rk Player PA AB H 2B 3B HR BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB
1 Wade Miley 63 40 5 1 0 0 23 12 .125 .444 .150 .594 6
2 Jose Quintana 62 40 13 5 0 3 22 11 .325 .565 .675 1.240 27
3 Johnny Cueto 60 45 9 0 0 3 15 15 .200 .400 .400 .800 18
4 Gio Gonzalez 58 40 8 3 0 0 18 13 .200 .448 .275 .723 11
5 Robbie Ray 58 41 9 2 0 2 17 23 .220 .448 .415 .863 17
6 Yu Darvish 57 42 6 1 0 1 15 20 .143 .368 .238 .607 10
7 Jon Lester 56 40 14 1 2 2 16 13 .350 .536 .625 1.161 25
8 Lance Lynn 56 45 6 1 0 2 11 18 .133 .304 .289 .592 13
9 Ricky Nolasco 54 43 15 2 0 3 11 11 .349 .481 .605 1.086 26
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