If a hitter falls behind in the count at 0-2 or 1-2, he is forced into much more of a defensive mode. One of the better baseball tips on hitting is to keep it very simple when you are behind in the count. When the hitter is ahead in the count, he can decide what type of pitch and pitch location he will swing at. Now, when the hitter is behind in the count, just the exact opposite is true. He now must swing at the pitcher's pitch. The pitcher now decides what the hitter has to swing at and the hitter can no longer be selective as to what he would like to hit. All the real good hitters try their best to get the count in their favor. It's totally incredible what the statistics over the years reveal. The difference between batting averages on 2-0 pitches compared to 0-2 pitches is like night and day. The hitter may be very wise to slightly alter his swing. I'm of the firm belief that the swing on a 1-2 pitch should not be nearly as aggressive as the swing on a 3-1 pitch. At 1-2, you're one pitch away from taking a seat on the bench and the focus should be contact and making sure you put the ball in play.
Some Suggestions For the Hitter:
* When you are behind in the count, you should work from the outside in. This simply means that you must gear yourself for a tough low and away strike and adjust if the pitch is over the inside part of the plate. You can look away and adjust in but it's very difficult to look in and adjust to the pitch that's away.
* When behind in the count and with two strikes on them, some very good hitters will spread their feet a little wider than usual, take no stride at all, choke up and just try to put the ball in play. This is smart baseball hitting. They are good hitters and realize they are at a disadvantage and just want to make contact and let the chips fall where they may.
There is nothing wrong with conceding a little to the pitcher when the pitcher has the count in his favor and you, the hitter, are behind in the count. And you may be very pleasantly surprised that even though you are more defensive in your approach, you may get several hits by simply focusing on just putting the ball in play. Real good hitters refer to this as not trying to do too much at the plate.
Sometimes less can be more and this applies perfectly for baseball tips on hitting when you are behind in the count!
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