Re: The Final Piece: Southpaw out of Pen!
posted at 2/15/2012 3:59 PM EST
In Response to Re: The Final Piece: Southpaw out of Pen!
[QUOTE]Aceves actually had a better BA against vs. LH (.190) than vs. RH (.216). So if he is working a 7th or 8th inning, there is no need to go to a lefty when a LH bat comes up. Melancon's numbers vs. LH are definitely worse than vs. RH. The BB are much higher vs. LH but LH still only hit him at .243 last year. If Bard ends up in the BP again, LH are hitting .196 againt him in his career. It would seem that some combination of those 3 guys will be the ones pitching the important 7th and 8th innings and while I can't speak to Melancon, I certainly believe that Bard or Aceves are just as capable of getting a big out vs. Cano than any LH reliever that could be brought in. And yes, there is also Morales but his BA against LH last year was .238, so he is not necessarily a statistical upgrade over Bard or Aceves vs. LH bats.
Posted by Thesemenarecowards[/QUOTE]
There's a lot of question marks about how our pen will pitch under pressure, but Melancon has done fine vs LHPs career:
Career, Aceves is better vs LHBs across the board:
vs LHB: .207/.274/.318/.592
vs RHB: .218/.298/.362/.660
While Bailey does better vs RHBs, his career numbers vs LHBs are pretty awesome, including a lower BA:
Very respectable numbers vs lefties.
Bard does better as well, but is pretty good vs lefties:
Mike Gonzalez has been shaky the last 2 years, and his career numbers vs LHBs is not better than anyone listed above, except Melancon.
.272/.343/.429/.772, but much better recently: