How are “strikes” defined for a pitcher?

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Strikes have always been tallied for a batter. Since the era of "pitch counts," they have been counted for a pitcher also, to estimate his efficacy.

My understanding is that any pitch in the "strike zone" (over the plate, between the shoulders and the knees), counts as a strike for the pitcher, whether it actually is, is put into play, or is fouled by the batter for "no third strike."

But suppose a pitcher throws a pitch that is objectively a ball (outside of the strike zone). Except that the batter swings with one of the following results: 1) puts the ball in play, 2) swings and misses or fouls for a strike 3) swings for a foul, no "third strike."

Is this pitch counted as a strike under any or all of the above three...

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If you're interested in learning how to improve pitching control problems, you're going to love this article.

You know, Hall of Fame pitcher Cy Young once said:

Control is what kept me in the big leagues for twenty-two years.

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Having good control is one of the most important characteristics of a great pitcher.

If a pitcher can hit his spots and consistently command his pitches—that's the difference between being a pitcher and a "thrower."

A pitcher with good control not only can throw strikes and get the ball over...

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