What makes someone like Ryan Howard strike out so much while he still seems to hit home runs at an alarming rate?
- Craig in Westchester
Good question. He swings at too many bad pitches out of the strike zone, and the pitchers are too stupid to recognize this and they continue to throw him strikes.
How hard is it to step back into the batter's box after being out with an injury?
- Stan in Manhattan
That depends on the injury.
What kind of mindset do you have when you are going up to pinch-hit?
- Andrew in Great Neck, N.Y.
Thou shall not pass! You have to first-ball, fastball hit in that situation.
Is it hard to go the other way with a pitch?
- Jim in New Jersey
Depends on the batter. For example, Chase Utley goes the other way naturally; Pat Burrell does not.