When a pitcher and batter have a multi-pitch duel – one of those 10-12 pitch at-bats – who has the advantage as the confrontation goes on?
Seattle Mariners right-hander Blake Beavan said it’s the hitter.
"Especially for guys like me, who pitch to contact, having a batter foul off a lot of pitches gives him the advantage,” Beavan said. “If he works the count full, he can look for a strike. He’s seen most every pitch you’ve got.
“If someone is going to make a mistake, it’s more likely to be the pitcher. How many times can you hit the corner? Hit the knees? Sooner or later, you miss.”
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“Ricky Weeks led off for Oakland (Friday) and fouled off four or five good pitches,” Beavan said. “Regular season, I might have tried something different – a breaking ball in the dirt.
“But it’s spring training. I’m not going to risk walking the leadoff hitter, so I threw a fastball and he crushed it, but hit it into the wind for a double.”