I've become convinced that a hitter's ability to square up and hit hard the second strike in the count is the most important things in being successful as a hitter.
The first strike? Sure. Jump on it if it's a cookie. Or, take it if it's not your favorite or is a pitcher's pitch. No warm in having one strike in your count.
But, when you have one strike on you, then you better not miss the second one...because once you have a two-strike count, you're pretty much dead as a batter. You're at the mercy of an umpire making a bad call on strike three. Or, if a pitcher throws a strike, you have to swing even if it's an unhittable pitch.
Go look on Baseball Reference. Nobody is a good hitter with two strikes.
The best two-strike approach as a hitter is not to get to two strikes. And, the best way to avoid two strikes is to make sure you hit one of the first two strikes.
Agree or disagree?