CINCINNATI — Cliff Lee may meet his offensive match at Great American Ballpark.
Lee has homered twice in 2011 and is very prideful about his hitting. In 59 at-bats, he's batting .220 with four extra-base hits. He's also stolen a base.
But Dontrelle Willis is the among the best active hitting pitchers. He has nine career home runs and one this season in 21 at-bats. He also has a triple and two doubles in those 21 at-bats. This season, he's hitting .429 (9 for 21) with a ridiculous .762 slugging percentage. He's a career .243 hitter.
In his last start, he was 3 for 3 with a double. He's also pitching decently after a career of ups and downs. This is Willis' 22d career start against the Phillies but first since Sept. 9, 2007. As David Hale from the Wilmington News-Journal pointed out, Chase Utley
was the Phillies' first baseman that day. The Phillies pitchers were, in order, Jamie Moyer
, Antonio Alfonseca
, Kane Davis
, J.C. Romero
and Brett Myers
So, yeah, it's been a while.
1. Shane Victorino 8
2. Placido Polanco 5
3. Chase Utley 4
4. Ryan Howard 3
5. Hunter Pence 9
6. John Mayberry Jr. 7
7. Carlos Ruiz 2
8. Wilson Valdez 6
9. Cliff Lee 1
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