How cool is this? The first blog post...
In his first start of spring training, Trevor Bauer was strike one on eight of the 12 batters he faced. That's 67 percent, a number that has the Indians smiling.That's because Bauer continually pitched from behind in the count last season. He drove up his pitch count and put a strain on the bullpen. It also was part of the reason Bauer had first-inning troubles, a 5.60 ERA.
Like most pitching coaches, pitching coach Mickey Callaway puts the emphasis on strike one. It can mean as much as a 100-point swing for some hitters, being 0-1 in the count as opposed to 1-0.