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    Achilles heal - LEFHANDED PITCHING

    Saltalamccia (B)

    RHP: .275/.341/.485/.826
    LHP: .214/.313/.300/.613

    Nava (B)

    RHP: .282/.383/.428/.811
    LHP: .205/.296/.318/.614

    Drew (L)

    RHP: .251/.342/.425/.767
    LHP: .169/.241/.325/.566

    Ortiz (L)

    RHP: .356/.459/.686/1.144
    LHP: .267/.304/.448/.752

    Ellsbury (L)

    RHP: .319/.374/.472/.847
    LHP: .268/.350/.331/.681

    Pendroina (R)

    RHP: .300/.364/.406/.797
    LHP: .310/.420/.440/.860

    Napoli (R)

    RHP: .266/.346/.494/.839
    LHP: .267/.357/.436/.792

    Gomes (R)

    RHP: .261/.327/.413/.740
    LHP: .220/.328/.440/.768

    Victorino (B)

    RHP: .296/.333/.408/.742

    Runs scored vs...

    RH'd starters: 370 in 70 games or 5.29 runs per start

    LH'd starters: 149 in 33 games or 4.52 runs per start



    while 0.77 is a significant differential, 4.5+ runs scored per game is a very decent number in MLB. It's official.the Sox can't hit lefties. Plus two lefthand batters who are not too bad ( Ellsbury-.268 and Ortiz-.267). And Victornio ( switch hitter) whoIs decent at .266. Surely it's not such a slow day that you can't do better than this.

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    ^ Thanks for the current numbers. BTW, it's "heel".


    6/27/09: “We expect [Rondo] to play by the rules and be a leader as a point guard. We need him to be more of a leader,” Ainge said. “There were just a couple situations where he was late this year, I don’t know if he was sitting in his car, but showed up late and the rest of the team was there. We have team rules and you have to be on time. He was fined for being late, he said he was stuck in traffic, and it’s just unacceptable.”

    Some jerks never learn.....

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    Yeah Victorino typically has been very good vs LHP over his career, but is struggling mightily against them this year.

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    If only we could hit lefhanders. Pendroina is doing his share to help Achilles heal the team at least.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pittz View Post
    If only we could hit lefhanders. Pendroina is doing his share to help Achilles heal the team at least.
    Lmao

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    This could continue to be a problem as Cecchini and JBJ are both lefties and they look to be obvious replacements next year/2015. Bogs is a righty so that is a plus.

    It would be huge for this team to add a righty power bat but that doesn't look like it is going to happen but those are so tough to acquire

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    JBJ hits lefties and righties equally though.

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    Bogaerts probably comes in as a RHB to take over a spot at SS/3B, displacing one LHB in the lineup.

    JBJr is a net neutral taking over for Ellsbury or Nava/Gomes. His splits vs LHP are not bad. And you might want to check Cecchini's splits before you worry too much about downgrading when he arrives (he's pretty balanced).

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    I've always thought that Pendroina was pretty underrated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RedSoxtober View Post
    Bogaerts probably comes in as a RHB to take over a spot at SS/3B, displacing one LHB in the lineup.
    Ummm. WMB and Iggy are both RHH. Even if Cecchini is the 3B of the future - it doesn't matter this year. Drew has 59 games left in his BRS career with Iggy maybe poaching starts against LHP from Drew if/when XB and/or Young shows up. I mean nobody thinks Iggy will start at SS over Drew if say XB shows up do they?

    Since May 1st Drew: .245/.323/.432
    Since Jun 22nd Iggy: .240/.282/.260

    throw in the R/L stats, and Iggy has NO chance to start regularly over Drew excepting an injury.

    Holt has one PA since 7/14, being a LHH won't weigh in much - and when XB or Young comes here, Holt will be the one sent down.
    Last edited by bagwell368; 07-26-2013 at 10:23 PM.


    6/27/09: “We expect [Rondo] to play by the rules and be a leader as a point guard. We need him to be more of a leader,” Ainge said. “There were just a couple situations where he was late this year, I don’t know if he was sitting in his car, but showed up late and the rest of the team was there. We have team rules and you have to be on time. He was fined for being late, he said he was stuck in traffic, and it’s just unacceptable.”

    Some jerks never learn.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by bagwell368 View Post
    Ummm. WMB and Iggy are both RHH. Even if Cecchini is the 3B of the future - it doesn't matter this year. Drew has 59 games left in his BRS career with Iggy maybe poaching starts against LHP from Drew if/when XB and/or Young shows up. I mean nobody thinks Iggy will start at SS over Drew if say XB shows up do they?

    Since May 1st Drew: .245/.323/.432
    Since Jun 22nd Iggy: .240/.282/.260

    throw in the R/L stats, and Iggy has NO chance to start regularly over Drew excepting an injury.

    Holt has one PA since 7/14, being a LHH won't weigh in much - and when XB or Young comes here, Holt will be the one sent down.
    Iggy and Drew would make a decent platoon looking at their cumulative splits. We need a solid bat at one of SS/3B though. Bogaerts will be up soon I bet unless WMB wakes up a new hitter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bagwell368 View Post
    Ummm. WMB and Iggy are both RHH. Even if Cecchini is the 3B of the future - it doesn't matter this year. Drew has 59 games left in his BRS career with Iggy maybe poaching starts against LHP from Drew if/when XB and/or Young shows up. I mean nobody thinks Iggy will start at SS over Drew if say XB shows up do they?
    Sorry, I was assuming 2014 with Drew (LHB) gone. Whether XB plays SS (Iggy/WMB @ 3B) or 3B (Iglesias @ SS), we displace a LHB.

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    Interesting article here on the Sox and LHP. Well, I found it interesting anyway because it confirmed what I suspected but was too lazy to research: the Sox struggle against TOP LHP but hit other LHP just fine.

    The essence of the article is that the Sox have struggled against the top 15 LHP (5-7 record, .210/.256/.299 slash, 1.7R/G) but done quite well against everyone else (16-7 record, .281/.359/.476 slash). The top-15 stats include FOUR games against Price; two each against Matt Moore, CJ Wilson, and Derek Holland; and one against a guy named Cliff Lee who drew a little interest around here a week ago.

    The news is both good and bad. On the positive side, the Sox are not struggling against all lefties but against some of the best pitchers in MLB. That should not come as a surprise; that's what makes them good pitchers. In fact, the Sox are right in the middle of the pack when it comes to their performance against these guys. The bad news is that a few of those names are associated with teams that (a) could block their path to the playoffs over the final seven weeks of the season and (b) could eliminate them from the playoffs if they make it.

    The thread was started when the problem became most evident... but when they faced two of the top LHP three times in a one week span. It was a bit of an overreaction as a broad statement (it's not our Achilles' heel) but it does highlight a concern for Clay Buchholz' second 2013 season.

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