Much of the talk downstairs is how to attack Greg Maddux. Like Tom Glavine, he’s a tease. He’ll show you a strike, but not a hitter’s strike. If he gets the call, he’ll expand the zone. Pretty soon, you’re swinging at balls in another zip code.
“You can beat him if you make him get the ball up,” hitting coach Rick Down said. Trying to pull him, or Glavine, will only work against the hitter. The approach is to go the other way and hit the ball in the air, because if you do, you can hit it out.
Maddux and Glavine are groundball guys. If you see the Mets’ righthanded hitters pulling the ball on the ground, that’s not a good sign.
Paul Lo Duca said the goal is to make Maddux work.
“We have to keep putting together good at-bats,” Lo Duca said. “We want to run up his pitch count and try to get into their bullpen.”
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