How to Get a Swinging Strike by Pitch Type and Location by Eli Ben-Porat October 17, 2015 Red = High swinging-strike rate (swing and a miss / total pitches) Yellow = Medium ; Green = Low The size of the circle also represents how high the whiff rate is Numbers are in Feet, with -X being inside (handedness neutral) and Z being height in feet above the center of the strike zone (as per PITCHf/x strike zone top and bottom) Some observations (and probably repetition of prior research): 1) Four-seam fastballs are great between 0.8 to 1.4 feet above the middle of the zone and between -.5 and .5 across the plate (i.e., if you want to get a swing and a miss on a four-seamer, throw it high and right down the middle). Will have similar views for GB% and HR% soon. 2) Sliders, changeups and curveballs all need to be thrown low in the zone; doesn’t appear to matter inside or outside, though changeups need to be around the plate (or they don’t get swings). 3) There is almost nowhere you can throw a two-seamer to get swings and misses, though down and in and basically high appear to be the best places to get strikes. More to come if you think this is interesting!