Baseball is a funny game.
Even the greatest of pitchers can struggle against the league average hitter, and vice versa.
Hall of Famer Greg Maddux had a few of those himself, but perhaps none more striking than former Phillies and Cubs infielder Mickey Morandini.
The one-time All-Star was a career .268 hitter with 32 home runs over 11 seasons in the majors, yet he somehow seemed to get the best of Maddux.
“Yeah, he was a p---k,” Maddux told Chris Dimino on the “Hardball” podcast. “I couldn’t get that dude out. Throw it away, he hit it left-center. Throw it in, he hit it right-center.”
In 100 plate appearances against Maddux, the light-hitting second baseman held a slash line of .344/.371/.495 with three doubles, four triples, a home run and eight RBI in his career.
His average against Maddux is the second highest of any player with at least 70 plate appearances, trailing only Tony Gwynn’s .429 average.
Morandini was also the one to knock the right-hander out of Game 6 of the 1993 NLCS when he hit a two-RBI triple off Maddux in the sixth inning to give the Phillies a 6-1 lead en route to the NL pennant.
“Just one of those matchups,” Maddux said. “For some reason, he was a really tough out for me.”