Pitchers on Batters: Cliff Lee on Ichiro
I asked [Cliff Lee] which batters gave him the most trouble. Punchy hitters, he said, who foul off a lot of pitches, then slap the ball the other way. “Like Ichiro,” he said. “Sometimes you just want to let him hit his ground ball and hope someone catches it. He’s gonna get his hits. The quicker he does, the better for me. The more pitches a batter sees, the better hitters they become.”
--from “The Phillies Four Aces” by Pat Jordan in today's New York Times Magazine
Ichiro, who set the Mariners club record for hits, with 2248,
surpassing Edgar Martinez, Saturday night.