Overview of Defensive Strategy in Baseball

 

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Cody Gotchall graduated from Crescent Valley High School as an honors student before going on to take courses at Linn-Benton Community College and Oregon State University. An avid baseball fan, Cody Gotchall continues to support Oregon State baseball and enjoys the strategy involved in baseball games.

The defensive strategy of baseball teams revolves around the pitcher. During a game, the pitcher acts as the primary defense against the other team. Each pitcher has different habits when throwing during a game and the rest of the defensive team is supposed to set up based on these habits. For example, pitchers who frequently throw pitches that are hit as fly balls need their team to adopt positions that help them catch fly balls.

Defensive strategy also requires pitchers to make some changes to their repertoires when at the mound. Over time, pitchers should work on specialized pitches, such as the curveball and fastball, to fool the batter. During a game, pitchers must alter the type of pitches they throw. If they don’t, the opposing team can learn their strategy and adjust their offensive strategy to suit the pitcher’s throws.

While baseball defensive strategies do focus on the pitcher, it is the entire team’s job to out batters. To accomplish this, players must employ various fielding strategies depending on the player at bat. The infield and outfield should shift left and right based on whether the batter is left-handed or right-handed. They may also shift if they know their pitcher tends to throw the ball inside or outside.

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