Add Brennan Boesch to the list of left-handed lefty mashers.
I guess he doesn’t have the PAs to qualify on your three year leader board but he has a .375 wOBA against lefties this year, .409 last year.
Indeed. In the right situation, any good manager would pinch hit for Darryl Strawberry, despite his 9 home runs in the game.
Comment by TheMooseOfDeath — June 7, 2011 @ 3:47 pm
First thing I checked: Bats/Throws: L/R. Throws right!
Ryan Ludwick bats R and throws L, and has a career 122 wRC+ against (“same-handed”) RHP and just 97 against LHP. My theory, as it was with him: the “reverse platoon splits don’t exist” argument does not NECESSARILY apply to people that choose to bat against their dominant hand. In most cases I imagine this will be a right-handed kid that’s dad-coached to swing lefty because there are more RHP than LHP out there. How Ludwick decided to bat righty, I dunno. Rickey Henderson did too.
Yes!! I used to yell at the TV every single time Bobby would pinch hit Kelly against a RHP. That and platooning him with Martin. It’s no wonder the Braves released him, he never had a chance with “By the Book” Bobby managing the team.
Well, I know that some guys like McCann and Chipper both learned to bat off-handed with the thought they’d grow into switch hitters as they grew, it worded with Chipper but not McCann. My understanding is this is a common practice to try and teach switch-hitting and could explain why a lefty would learn to hit right handed.
Re: hitters with reverse platoon splits who choose to bat against their dominant had, check out Nate Schierholtz (career 116 wRC+ vs LHP, 79 wRC+ vs RHP). OTOH, Cody Ross also bats against his dominant had (throws left, bats right) and his splits are just as pronounced the other way (career 142 wRC+ vs LHP, 91 wRC+ vs RHP). So I don’t know what to make of that but it would be a good research subject for someone.