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.”
“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.”