baseball genius wrote:I've stated before that I dislike Chavez because he can't hit lefties. I like Rolen by a long shot.
This is a common complaint, but it's misguided. There are a lot more RH pitchers than LHers, and Chavez is far superior to Rolen at hitting RHers. Look at their overall averages. Unless your league counts 'avg. vs LH' as a separate category, it shouldn't make a lick of difference how Chavez his lefties if his overall average is okay.
I discussed this in the previous thread
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What about Chavez's trouble hitting lefties? And Rolen's ability to hit lefties (good ability, too).
Let's take a look at what the consequences of this are:
01 avg vs. LH: 283; overall avg: 289
02 avg vs. LH: 288; overall avg: 266
03 avg vs. LH: 283; overall avg: 286
01 avg vs. LH: 257; overall avg: 288
02 avg vs. LH: 209; overall avg: 275
03 avg vs. LH: 220; overall avg: 282
Take a look at the overall avgerages. Sure Chavez has trouble hitting lefties - but he's killing RH! In 01 and 03 the difference in overall averages is statistically insignificant. In 02 Chavez actually hit .09 better than Rolen! So Chavez's inability to hit lefties is not dragging his value down below Rolen.
Considering that Chavez is entering his peak years, even a small improvement in his ability to hit lefties could boost his overall average over .300. Rolen is pretty steadily set in around .280-.290.
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