As in my previous post, it appears the sweet spot for pitchers is about 6 inches off the plate (as seen above), although the advantage seems to be closer to one free strike out of ten pitches called, rather than the one-in-sixteen I originally concluded. More strikingly, there's a near-equal and opposite effect when pitchers consistently throw 5-6 in. inside the boundaries of the legal zone, costing the pitcher an extra ball for every ten pitches called.Continue reading at Beyond the Box Score...
01 March 2011
Benefit of the Doubt: More on Pitchers Expanding the Zone @ BtB
I expand on my previous post about how pitchers work the corners to look at whether the effect remains when we control for ball-strike count. It does.
by JD Mathewson