In another posting topic, dominik asked a great question. Expanding on that question is the consideration of pitching to batter tendencies. Below is a graphic representation of every batter that you’ll face or plan for.
The top of the batting order normally makes contact with every one of your pitches off their front hip. Thus, batters 1,2,3 and 4 will make contact with your pitch, in front of the plate. Now I’m considering here a squared stance and squared to the plate. Also, as each batter appears lower in the order, so will the contacts of that batter’s swing.
Consider this then when planning for your pitch inventory - if your breaking stuff is hanging out there with a lazing break, or no break at all, then even the bottom of the order is going to light you up. Also, if your change-up and off-speed isn’t there, everyone is going to touch them all that day.
In any event, watch your own batting order and test these basic standards against the pitchers that they face and you’ll come away with a pretty good idea of what a batting order can do against you.
This is by no means an answer or graphic unto itself - it’s just one of many aids to help you understand your opposition and why they function the way they do.
There is one thing that you can take away from this graphic - if you’re having trouble with the 7th, 8th, and 9th batter, chances are that you’re over pitching these guys. So, stay away from the fancy stuff and crank it down hard with the cheese!>>>>>This graphic does not place the DH in the lineup.<<<<<
Here’s a common trait with batters - if your fastball is being pulled, then that pitch is being caught up to and every fastball that you send that’s within reach, is going … bye-bye. On the other hand, if your fastball is being sent off in the opposite way, then the batter is late to the dance and therefore adjusting locations is a good bet that he’ll go down swinging, or, foul out.
Think through why every batter is making contact and where the ball is going. By doing so, you’re getting a good idea of the contact tendencies of the batting and what pitches to stay away from.