So here is the situation. HS ball in North Texas and many good umps and some real pieces of S***! Played several games thus far with good umps. Definition of good umps is they call strikes if it is in the "strike zone". What a flippin concept right???
Tonight played a game which was the second one of district play where the umps wouldn't call anything if the ball wasn't right down the middle. Absolutely ridiculous!! Home plate ump told our catcher that it had to be down the middle or it wouldn't be called.
So what is a pitcher going to do if the batters don't swing at anything (which was the case in both games) if the ball isn't down the middle. Pitcher is hitting the blacks to inner quarter of the plate, above the knees and below the chest, but no strikes.
Well here is what a pitcher is going to do. 1. walk everyone or 2. Throw right down the freaking middle and get cranked and more importantly take a risk that she is going to get a blast right back at her. If the only pitch an ump will call is a pitch down the middle he/she severely increased the odds the pitcher is going to take one to the face, leg, body, whatever.
IMO. The umpire is putting the pitcher at risk by not calling strikes in what is otherwise the strike zone. Down the middle does not define the strike zone dumba**!!!!!! Sorry, a bit bitter here.
So I throw this out to the group. What is number 3? How does a pitcher "win" in this situation? My answer is having 3 speeds if you are in this situation. SLOW - changeup you can control down the middle. OFFSPEED down the middle or medium speed and then FAST - Dropball for a strike down the middle. Keep the batters timing off with speed changes is all I can come up with but does anyone have anything else.
I would add this would be the point I insert the video where the pitcher throws the riseball and the catcher intentionally gets out of the way and it goes straight to the umpires mask. Yes, that is bush league but basically what he is asking to have happen to my pitcher by lack of knowledge of what a strike zone is.