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  • Reconciling pitch counts

    As a batter can never officially get more than three strikes, nor is a ball hit into play tallied as a ball or strike, the official total of strikes will never match up with the strike count of the pitcher.

    In summary:
    Balls hit into play are counted as strikes for the pitcher pitch count, but not in the official score sheet for the game
    Foul balls hit when there are two strikes are counted as strikes for the pitcher pitch count, but not in the official score sheet for the game

    Shouldn't there be a third or perhaps fourth category for pitchers with respect to pitches thrown? Perhaps not just balls & strikes, but balls, strikes and other.
    Holding a pitcher accountable for how many runs his team scores is like holding the designated hitter accountable for how many runs his team allows.

    An individual statistic is meaningful only if it is based strictly on what the player does and not on what the other players on his team do.

    Contrary to what most baseball fans claim, a pitched ball which is hit into play is not a strike.

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