Re: Batting Order vs. LHP
posted at 1/26/2012 10:12 PM EST
OK now that all of you that base every comment on CC on last year.However when you speak of others you will say "He will recover from last year."Just remember CC hit somewhere between 250 to 275 vs LHP the previous 5 years OBP was around 325 and Slg was around 380. So as for hitting against LHP he is not so bad. Then his overall numbers career wise are better than both Ross and Sweeny even with last included.
His numbers vs LHPs are not good enough to be promoted in the Sox line-up, and more importantly, nobody else deserves to be demoted to benefit CC.
His career numbers vs LHPs per 650 PAs:
.262 8 76 (22 SB/ 9 CS)
OBP: .308/ SLG: .375/ OPS: .684
Even his speed is neutralized vs LHPs due to his low OBP and the fact that it's harder to steal on lefties.
He hasn't gotten any better vs LHPs the last 4 years.
4 yrs: .244/.297/.359/.657 (All worse than career numbers)
I see no reason to think at age 30-31, CC will all of a sudden get the hang of hitting lefties. If you look at the career and recent splits vs LHPs by Cody Ross, Aviles, Shoppach, DMac, and others, a strong argument could easily be made that he should ride the bench vs most LHPs.
OPS from 2077-2011 vs LHPs:
.824 DMac *
(*Sidenote: maybe we shouldn't be so quick to cut DMac loose with all our issues vs LHPs.)
FYI vs the RHPs...