On Monday, Peter Moylan pointed out that ...
Post by Peter Moylan
I don't think cricketers make that distinction. The decision as to
whether to hit the ball hard or just deflect it has to be made at the
very last minute, once the batsman has guessed which way the ball is
likely to bounce. I think most bowlers aim to have it bounce very close
to the batsman, for that reason. But the bowlers also want to keep the
batsman guessing, so it's likely that each delivery will be different
from the last one.
Because baseball pitchers don't bounce the ball on the ground, the
batter is spared some of that uncertainty.
You meant to say, I'm sure, that baseball pitchers don't
/intentionally/ bounce the ball on the ground. But if the release
point is off just a hair, the ball hits the ground. And quite a few
batters will swing-and-miss at such a ball.
Yes, besbol pitchers try to keep the batter guessing. They work hard
to make their wind-up and delivery not signal what type of pitch they
are trying to throw. They change "location" a lot ... which corner of
the plate will they try to nick, and will it be down at the knees or
up by the letters. If they throw outside the strike zone, will the
batter be fooled and swing at it anyway? If he's expecting a fastball,
can you throw a change-up and get him to swing early?
(For those unfamiliar with the strike zone, think of one of those wire
frames sometimes used for soap bubbles. This one is a rectangle, the
width of the plate, and the inside vertical measurement is knees to
upper chest ("the letters" refers to the team name on the front of the
batter's uniform). If the ball passes through the frame, it's a
strike; outside, it's a ball. In general, the closer to the center of
the zone, the easier it is to hit, and woe betide the pitcher whose
curve ball doesn't curve.
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