Today, I decided to look at how Randy Johnson has faired this season, to date, on various pitching counts. Here’s the data:
So, when the count is 0-0, batters hit .286 against the Unit.
And, when the count is 0-1 or 1-0, they hit .297.
Worse, when the count is 0-2, 2-0, or 1-1, they hit .317 against Randy.
On the flip side, when the count is 2-1, 1-2, or 3-0, they hit .255 against Johnson.
And, when the count is 2-2 or 3-1, batters only hit .194 against the Unit.
Lastly, on a 3-2 count, hitters bat .273 against Randy.
It’s pretty clear, right? What’s killing Johnson is his first three registered pitches against his batters faced. Once he gets past that count, he’s productive.
I’m not sure what Johnson is doing with his first three pitches to batters this season, but, it’s time for a new plan there. Somehow he has to figure out how to get deeper into counts with batters – because that’s where he does better (at least this season).