Strasburg Trying To Pitch To Contact
Stephen Strasburg is striking out 11.1 batters per nine innings this season, the highest average in the National League this season.
Yet Strasburg is trying to pitch to contact, looking for batters to make contact.
"I want them to put it in play," he said. "I want it to be a pitch that's a strike, so it's like, 'Here it is. You got to hit it, or it's going to be a strike.' I don't want it to be something where it's like, borderline ball-strike, where they have to decide.
"I'd like to be more efficient. It's tough because, I know when my stuff is on, they're not going to make contact many times. It's hard to keep your pitch count down when you're executing pitches the way you are, but instead of taking one or two pitches to get the guy out, it takes three, maybe four. That's something I'm just going to have to learn with."