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For some hitters, they see five pitches more or less in a typical at-bat. When Pat Burrell drew a team-high 114 walks in 2007, he got to a 3-0 or 3-1 count in 87 of his 598 plate appearances (14.5 percent). For Delmon Young, he has gone to 3-0 or 3-1 in three of 89 PA (3.4 percent). That’s right, Delmon Young has been in a 3-0 or 3-1 count exactly three times this season.
In last night’s 3-1 victory over the Red Sox, Young came to the plate four times and saw five pitches in total. Total. Like the cereal. Let’s take a stroll through his Tuesday night. Lots of .gifs after the jump.
Young gets a first-pitch Ryan Dempster fastball on the outer part of the plate and skies a fly ball to right field.
Young must have felt like working overtime because he saw two — count ‘em, two — pitches from Dempster. He took the first pitch, a fastball down the middle, then dribbled the second (a slider) weakly down the third base line for an infield single.
Young swings at the first pitch again, popping a letter-high fastball to shallow right field.
Young offers at a first-pitch, 78 MPH change-up from Craig Breslow, grounding out to shortstop.
Here’s a heat map view of the five pitches:
The odd part is most weren’t even in locations that Young has particularly liked.
The guy does not have any kind of strategy when he goes up to the plate. Not that we didn’t already know that.