We love it when pitchers start with a first pitch strike and we start salivating when a pitcher starts off 0-2 on a batter.
All we do then is wait for the pitcher to close the deal.
In the words that I can use in print from the brilliant mind of David Mamet who wrote in “Glengarry Glen Ross“:
A-B-C. A-Always, B-Be, C-Closing. Always be closing. ALWAYS BE CLOSING.
Nine to Know: Who do you, or don’t you, want on the mound after an 0-2 count?
- No pitcher in baseball started more PA 0-2 counts last season than Max Scherzer with 281. David Price was next with 238 PA.
- No pitcher allowed more hits after starting 0-2 last season than Phil Hughes, who gave up 49 hits, of which, six were homers.
- Of the 232 batters that Clayton Kershaw faced that he started with an 0-2 count, Kershaw struck out 153, the most in the bigs; he was followed by Scherzer who whiffed 147 of 281 and Chris Sale who struck out 132 of 231.
- Sale only ended up walking one batter who started out 0-2 and while Chris Young faced 101 and didn’t walk any, the best in the category was Michael Pineda who started 0-2 on 154 batters and walked none of them.
- On the other hand, Gio Gonzalez walked 11 of 166 and Ubaldo Jimenez ended walking 11 of 168 who started 0-2.
- Neither Chris Archer after facing 175 batters nor Zack Greinke who faced 173 batters who started 0-2 allowed a home run in that at bat.
- On the other hand, Bartolo Colon allowed eight homers to the 182 batters he faced and Sonny Gray allowed seven to the 174 and Wei-Yin Chen allowed seven to the 194 he faced.
- Scherzer and Hughes each allowed 18 extra base hits, while Colon and Shelby Miller each permitted 16.
- Travis Wood started 0-2 on 92 batters and did not permit an extra-base hit and held batters to an .091 BA.
Nine to Know: Starters who faced the most batters who they started with an 0-2 count
Nine to Know: Full-time relievers who faced the most batters who they started with an 0-2 count