By Dana E Backman; Michael A Seeds
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Bunting and Fake Bunting The sacrifice bunt, drag bunt, fake bunt slash, fake bunt slash hit-and-run, safety squeeze, and suicide squeeze are all forms of situational hitting because they move base runners. The sacrifice bunt is the purest way to advance runners. Normally, it also has the highest probability of producing an out on the batter-runner. The drag bunt is a little more risky, but if done well it will increase the chance that the batter-runner, as well as the base runner, will be safe.
2. The hitter should hit the ball on the ground. If he cannot hit the pitch to the proper area of the infield, he should at least hit it on the ground. The runner will make it to second and will be in scoring position. A fly ball can create double plays and in most cases will result in an out without advancing the runner to scoring position. 3. He should hit the ball to the designated area. Besides swinging at the ball and hitting it on the ground, he must hit to the unoccupied area of the infield.
If the three-hole hitter comes up with no one on and two outs, he looks for pitches to drive, and he aggressively but intelligently gambles on turning a single into a double. Plan Before Going to the Plate Year in and year out, a larger percentage of games will be won by the team with the highest on-base average rather than the team with the highest slugging percentage. Many studies have been conducted concerning productivity of ground balls, fly balls, and line drives. Studies at the NCAA Division I level conclude the following: • For every 10 ground balls hit, 3 will fall in for a base hit, and the onbase average is 42 percent.
Astro by Dana E Backman; Michael A Seeds