Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
The goal isn’t to draw walks, Dave Hudgens explained to me about the team’s hitting philosophy. The goal is to have a good strike zone, which will help generate more power.
“We want hitters to look for their strength, especially early in the count, from the first pitch to the fifth pitch, to the sixth pitch, when we’re in hitters counts we want to be aggressive on our pitch,” he said. “I mean, obviously, I’d rather see a double in the gap with two guys on than a walk. But, there’s sometimes during the game, David Wright‘s not going to get his pitch. I would rather him take the walk as opposed to swing at a marginal pitch and hit into a double play.”
The idea, according to Hudgens, is that power will come naturally when focused and swinging at the right pitch in the zone. In other words, while a high OBP and walks are a nice by-product of being a more disciplined hitter, the goal is more power on better pitches.
“Obviously, that’s easier said than done,” Hudgens explained.
To hear more from Hudgens on how he works with hitters, young and old, to have better pitch selection, listen to this MetsBlog Q&ACast, presented by Verizon: