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Mound Musings: In the Zone

Brad Johnson

Brad Johnson

For more than 25 years, pitching guru Brad "Bogfella" Johnson has provided insightful evaluation and analysis of pitchers to a wide variety of fantasy baseball websites, webcasts and radio broadcasts. He joined RotoWire in 2011 with his popular Bogfella's Notebook.

Can A Pitcher Throw Too Many Strikes?

I heard a very interesting comment once referring to Phillies ace Cliff Lee. In essence, the comment suggested that Lee sometimes runs into trouble because he throws too many strikes. Is that possible? Every expert states when evaluating pitchers, that "he needs to throw more strikes" or "he is in the strike zone with almost every pitch." Isn't that the idea? I mean, every time one of my guys walks a batter, he comes around to score, not to mention that nasty hit to my WHIP. So, I suppose it's easy to decide that you don't want your guy to throw pitches out of the zone. Still, if you really think about it, there have probably been many games where your pitcher got out of a sticky situation when a hitter swung at a pitch out of the zone. Maybe there is actually something to this "too many strikes" thing. Let's take a look...

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