How would you hit against Yu Darvish?
Do you take the first pitch no matter what, risking falling behind 0-1? Do you come out swinging, even though you're likely to swing at something that could look like it's in the zone, but then drop right out of it?
ESPN The Magazine talked to various hitters about how to approach Darvish and there wasn't a consensus. Here are a few players:
Johnny DamonRead the rest here. It's interesting to see how players are all over the map on how to approach him.
Best ABs: Single to right on a cutter over the plate and an infield single on a fastball on May 6.
It'll give you a serious headache if you think about every one of his pitches, so I just thought about hitting a strike. If you see a strike, hit it. Don't think about anything else. I was the first batter of the game, so he was just getting going and happened to leave a pitch over the plate.
Best ABs: Two walks and a homer on a 2-0 fastball over the plate on May 6.
We knew him to be a bit erratic, so we wanted to not help him out, to make sure we swung at strikes and didn't chase his pitches. At first I was trying to do too much with my swing, so in my third at-bat, I simplified it and cut down on the effort and made sure I had hard contact, and that's when I got my home run.
So put yourself in one of the Angels' shoes Saturday. And let's say Darvish's command is good. What do you do? Are you looking for one pitch? Are you swinging early? Are you doing a dance with the hope of distracting him?
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