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Understanding the Hitter's Count

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In baseball the count greatly determines how the chess match between pitcher and catcher will develop.  There are twelve counts in baseball:  0-0, 0-1, 0-2. 1-0. 1-1, 1-2, 2-1, 2-2, 3-0, 3-1, 3-2.  In these twelve counts, the pitcher and the hitter may hold the upper hand.  Below is an examination of each count and how the count changes the course of the at-bat:

Pitcher’s Counts

Hitter’s Counts

Neutral Counts

0-1, 0-2, 1-2

1-0, 2-0, 2-1, 3-0, 3-1

0-0, 1-1, 2-2, 3-2

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