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Every pitch counts in baseball, but the 1-1 pitch counts more than any other

Every pitch counts in baseball, but the 1-1 pitch counts more than any other

Dodgers right-hander Zack Greinke has a reputation for being among the most cerebral pitchers in baseball, and when he leans in for the sign, his mind runs a quick scan through scores of numbers, memories and situational factors. "So many things come into play," he says. "You've got to weigh what type of hitter it is up to bat, what pitches are working that day, who's up to bat next, what inning, what's the score, if there's guys on base, if there's guys not on base, what type of park you're in, if the ball's carrying that day. And that's probably just the beginning." How his arm feels, what the umpire's strike zone looks...

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