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.
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