Oakland Athletics center fielder Coco Crisp is one of the key players in the team's pursuit of the American League West division title in 2011. The veteran is entering his 10th season in the big leagues and brings a lot of wisdom and experience to a rather young group.
Crisp started his career with the Cleveland Indians in 2002, before joining the Boston Red Sox in 2006. In Boston, he helped the team win the 2007 World Series. Crisp spent the 2009 season with the Kansas City Royals, before joining the A's as a free agent in 2010.
During his big league career, Crisp has 941 hits in 3,396 at-bats (.277 average). He's had some success against the game's best pitchers. He holds a career .366 average against Mark Buehrle, a .400 average against Justin Verlander and a .289 average against Roy Halladay.
Some notable pitchers that Crisp has struggled against are Jered Weaver (.059 average), Matt Garza (.077) and A.J. Burnett (.105).
I asked Crisp if he could name the toughest pitchers he's ever faced in his career.
"There are a lot of guys that are really good," Crisp responded. "The pitching is unbelievable nowadays. You’ve got to be on point when you step in that box."
Here is Coco Crisp's list of the toughest pitchers he's ever faced.