the strike zone


: the area over home plate where the baseball must pass after it is pitched in order to be called a strike

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Red Sox 5, Brewers 3 First, Kiké Hernández drew a full-count walk on a pitch that appeared to clip the inside corner of the strike zone. Journal Sentinel, 21 Apr. 2023 While his velocity looks good, with an average fastball of 94.7 mph, his command has been so bad that hitters chase only 20.8% of his pitches outside the strike zone. Michael Arinze, Chicago Tribune, 17 Apr. 2023 Nine straight times, in a 15-pitch battle that lasted the better part of six minutes, Freeman swung at a pitch in or near the strike zone. Iliana Limón Romero, Los Angeles Times, 13 Apr. 2023 So, too, did the percentage of his fastballs that landed in the strike zone, up from 41% to 50%. Shawn Mcfarland, Dallas News, 11 Apr. 2023 Frias, a hard-thrower who can struggle to find the strike zone, had given up one run in 2 1/3 innings with no walks and three strikeouts with Reno. Dodgers at Diamondbacks When: 6:40 p.m., Friday. Nick Piecoro, The Arizona Republic, 7 Apr. 2023 With one out and the bases loaded, Mets pitcher Tommy Hunter wound up and threw a pitch that landed on the inside edge of the strike zone. Victoria Hernandez, USA TODAY, 3 Apr. 2023 He’s attacked the strike zone (six strikeouts, one walk), avoided hard contact, and shown the ability to handle varying appearance lengths, with outings of one, two, and three innings. Alex Speier,, 5 Apr. 2023 Kershaw struck out Lewis and Ketel Marte each with four pitches, finishing both at-bats with curveballs out of the strike zone, to flatten the threat. Jorge Castillo, Los Angeles Times, 5 Apr. 2023 See More

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“The strike zone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2023.

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