The sweet spot (not controlling for pitch type, handedness or other factors) seems to be about 0.6 ft. (7.2 in.) off the plate. A pitcher who keeps his pitches at that distance from the nearest boundary of the legal strike zone over the course of an at bat will get a free strike every fourteen called pitches or so.Continue reading at Beyond the Box Score...
28 February 2011
Benefit of the Doubt: Pitchers Can and Do Expand the Zone @ BtB
by JD Mathewson
My latest Benefit of the Doubt piece examines how pitchers manage to expand the strike zone over the course of an at bat.