"It's just see ball, hit ball," Lansford said Sunday of the rookie switch-hitter, who took a .337 average into the series finale against the San Diego Padres.
"I have to remind him every once in a while that the first pitch he swings at needs to be a little better pitch," Lansford said. "He swings at a lot of first-pitch 'pitcher's pitches,' like a changeup at the ankles. He'll chase it and foul it off. I have to remind him [with] the first swing that you take early in the count, get a pitch you can drive."Molina compared Sandoval's skill to that of Seattle wizard Ichiro Suzuki.
"He can hit any pitch at any time," Molina said.
Lansford likened Sandoval to a more powerful free swinger and bad-ball hitter, Vladimir Guerrero of the Los Angeles Angels."You can't pitch him a certain way," Lansford said, "because there's no certain way to pitch him."
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.