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J. Valentin stops switch hitting, higher avg.?

Postby CBMGreatOne » Tue May 18, 2004 4:55 pm

I was watching the White Sox game the other night and they remarked on how Valentin is now strictly a left handed hitter. He has had a terrible BA throughout the course of his career, but if he could even get it to 260, he'd be a valuable fantasy commodity at SS, providing legit 20+ HR power.

Any White Sox fans with any inside info on the implications of batting lefty full time now?

I will say that I saw him batting lefty against a lefty (Cliff Lee), and though he struck out swinging, early in the count, he got an inside fast ball that he hit a ton, but pulled foul.

Any info is appreciated.
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Postby slomo007 » Tue May 18, 2004 5:08 pm

Great insight...I am very interested about this too, being that he just got dropped in my league. I don't really want a .240 avg on my team though.
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Postby Transmogrifier » Tue May 18, 2004 5:18 pm

I'm watching him carefully. If that average climbs, I'll be all over him.
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Postby slomo007 » Tue May 18, 2004 5:36 pm

I did some research for myself, and noticed that last year, when batting left handed (against righties), he hit a respectable .265. However, his overall average was so low because he only hit .135 against lefties (when he was batting right handed, which he's not doing anymore).

So fast forward to this year, and if you said he has been hitting solely left handed from the start of the year...notice that his average against righties is .294 and lefties .226. The vs. lefty average may even go up as the season progresses due to the fact that he will feel more and more comfortable on the left side vs. lefties than he currently does. That means that his average vs. righties will probably drop 20-30 points, but if he can keep his average against lefties to say, .220 or so, his overall average might be .250 on the season. I realize it's only a small sample size since the beginning of the season, but at least it is something worth mentioning.

If you found this confusing, sorry, there's not a very easy way to say what I needed to. Bottom line is, watch him, I think his average will be significantly higher. Good post CMB.
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Postby athxu » Tue May 18, 2004 5:57 pm

Great insight! These are the kind of posts that I'm looking for in a fantasy baseball forum.
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