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Postby The_Idiot » Thu May 19, 2005 7:54 am

Over the last 13 games I have been micromanaging a group of my hitters and it has seemed to pay off as my batting average has rose significantly over that period.

The players I have been switching in and out:
Travis Hafner - Only Play vs Right handed starters
Eric Hinske - Only play vs Right handed starters
Dave Roberts - Only play vs Right handed starters
Vernon Wells - Only play vs Left handed starters
Steve Finley - Onley play vs Right handed starters
Brian Giles - Only play vs Right handed starters

(although Giles is on fire right now so I have tended to be more leniant about playing him)

Over that period, the guys on this list with good starting match-ups have batted .316 (50-158). Those with bad starting match-ups have batted .234 (15-64).

My question is: Who else is out there that might not be thought of so highly that would be worth grabbing if you are willing to take the time to play the match-ups?

Once such guy that I just traded for is Dave Delluci. Who else would you look at?
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Postby AT » Thu May 19, 2005 8:13 am

I have also been platooning Chone Figgins against righties only (He's dreadful against lefties and losing playing time).

Posada is an interesting player who hits well against lefties for average but hits well for power against righties.

Robinson Cano is starting to develop into a guy who hits righties tremendously well but struggles against lefties.

Clint Barmes hits closer to .500 against lefties.

Jose Reyes hits lefties much better than righties.

Michael Young and Manny have surprisingly struggled against lefties this season hitting .132 and .150 respectively.

Anyone else people want to put out there?
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Postby CPHFighter1 » Thu May 19, 2005 8:29 am

If you want another guy to play against lefties, check out Eric Byrnes. He kills lefties. If you can still grab him for the weekend, he's facing three meatball lefty starters in San Fran (Reuter, Fassero, and Lowry) and just coming off a 4 hit performance against (lefty) David Wells.
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Postby AT » Thu May 19, 2005 8:51 am

CPHFighter1 wrote:If you want another guy to play against lefties, check out Eric Byrnes. He kills lefties. If you can still grab him for the weekend, he's facing three meatball lefty starters in San Fran (Reuter, Fassero, and Lowry) and just coming off a 4 hit performance against (lefty) David Wells.


He's also hitting .176 on the road :-P
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Postby wrveres » Thu May 19, 2005 8:54 am

Atrophying Testicles wrote:
CPHFighter1 wrote:If you want another guy to play against lefties, check out Eric Byrnes. He kills lefties. If you can still grab him for the weekend, he's facing three meatball lefty starters in San Fran (Reuter, Fassero, and Lowry) and just coming off a 4 hit performance against (lefty) David Wells.


He's also hitting .176 on the road :-P


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Postby CPHFighter1 » Thu May 19, 2005 8:55 am

Atrophying Testicles wrote:He's also hitting .176 on the road :-P


Well its not REALLY on the road. He'll still be sleeping in his own bed if that is the problem. :-D
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Postby CPHFighter1 » Thu May 19, 2005 8:59 am

In addition, I look for matchups that tend to last over the years. If it has only happened this year to a guy, it's likely an anomaly.
Byrnes has always hit lefties better, but his home/road splits in 2003 and 2004 are about equal.
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Postby vladrules » Thu May 19, 2005 8:59 am

Uribe vs LHP this year. Plus he's better on the road.
Utley vs RHP. Not for long since eventually everyday.
Taveras vs RHP and @home. Although with him i imagine infield singles or bunts wouldn't matter but it apparently does.
BClark better vs RHP. Always play @home.
Bay is so much better vs LHP
Dellucci vs RHP.
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Postby acsguitar » Thu May 19, 2005 11:30 am

H. Mats hits lefties better then righties
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Postby John Bonzo » Thu May 19, 2005 11:31 am

The two that i have been platooning this year are of course Trot Nixon against righties and Matt Holliday at home.

Jason Lane's lefty/righty splits are pretty amazing this year as well (righty - .299, 5 HR, 15 RBI, 13 runs, 5 SB) (lefty - .077, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 2 runs, 0 SB)
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