Kris Bryant talks hitting strategy: ‘This is the hardest game in the world’

The Score

If you've ever questioned how hard it is to hit a baseball, just ask Chicago Cubs third baseman and former National League MVP Kris Bryant.

Bryant was one of seven victims to strike out against Philadelphia Phillies right-hander Aaron Nola on Wednesday, and he looked particularly bad when he swung at a curveball way outside the zone.

The third baseman addressed that at-bat and others that are similar to it during a detailed interview with The Athletic's Sahadev Sharma.

Bryant discussed a pitcher's strategy of "tunneling," with which they attempt to keep hitters guessing about where pitches will ultimately end up.

"You hear a lot of pitchers talk about tunneling now," Bryant said. "Just throwing certain pitches off of the previous pitch. He throws a backdoor two-seam and it looks like it's way over there and it comes back. Then he throws the same exact pitch in the same exact plane and it goes the other way. Sometimes you're just up there and you're like, 'Man, I gotta tip my hat to that.' He completely executed his plan and what he wanted to do."

Bryant also admitted that he's been prone to yell at his television when he sees a batter swing at an egregious pitch, only to catch himself seconds later, so he empathizes with fans who get upset by ugly swings.

#baseball, #professional

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