Last edited by DodgerB24; 05-01-2015 at 12:13 AM.
Need to win this series, a sweep would be HUGE, but that is probably unlikely.
FWIW --- These game times are all listed as MST, not PST
Stache Van Smash.
Good Win! #ILoveLA
Oh and Scott Van Slyke
He needs to start... SVS that is ... He's another jayson werth that we can't have leave our team
SVS just need steady AB's.
we might finally gain a game.
omfg giants lost.
So SVS should never learn to hit right handers? Just say **** it? He is second in home runs in the outfield behind Puig so yeah he needs more Ab's.
C'mon Dodgers time to get rollin'!
Van Slyke career vs L: .241/.358/.549, 54% better than a league average hitter, 15% BB, 23% K, .308 ISO, 159 PA
Van Slyke career vs R: .230/.326/.402 8% better than a league average hitter, 12% BB, 29% K, .172 ISO, 142 PS
The difference between SVS's performance against lefties and righties is pretty stark. Particularly in the power department.
But, we're looking at pretty small samples - and those are spread out over multiple seasons.
Different stats have different points where they become reliable
Here are some key ones
You can see that SVS doesn't have the requisite number of PA's against either left or right handed pitchers where we can really start drawing conclusions based on his performance.Stabilization Points for Offense Statistics:
60 PA: Strikeout rate
120 PA: Walk rate
240 PA: HBP rate
290 PA: Single rate
1610 PA: XBH rate
170 PA: HR rate
910 AB: AVG
460 PA: OBP
320 AB: SLG
160 AB: ISO
80 BIP: GB rate
80 BIP: FB rate
600 BIP: LD rate
50 FBs: HR per FB
820 BIP: BABIP
Where he does have enough (again spread out over multiple season, however) is for K and BB rates.
He does show a platoon split (as almost all hitters do) in his K and BB rates
vs L: 15% BB, 23% K, 1.6 K/BB
vs R: 12% BB, 29% K, 2.4 K/BB
But, they aren't that extreme
Compare to, say, Andre Ethier
vs R: 11%, 16%, 1.4 K/BB
vs L: 6%, 22%, 3.5 K/BB
SVS's ratio of K/BB rates for dominant hand over negative hand is (2.4/1.6) 1.5
Ethier's ratio is (3.5/1.4) 2.4
Ethier has the much bigger split.
We can look at SVS's minor league numbers as well (from 2011 on)
vs L: .343/.422/.614
vs R: .340/.435/.586
He hardly has a split
And his K/BB rates
vs L: 1.2 K/BB
vs R: 1.4 K/BB
vs L/vs R: 1.2
Again, he hardly shows a split.
SVS is less of a platoon player than Ethier.
But, I still don't believe that there is reason to believe that SVS is a better hitter vs right-handed batters than Ethier is.