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  1. This should’ve been required reading for Bobby Cox about three years ago.

    Comment by Bo — June 7, 2011 @ 2:12 pm

  2. It’s called playing the percentages! It’s what good managers do to win ball games!

    Comment by Ryan — June 7, 2011 @ 2:17 pm

  3. 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.

    Comment by brett — June 7, 2011 @ 3:03 pm

  4. 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

  5. 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.

    Comment by astrostl — June 7, 2011 @ 4:20 pm

  6. Recently dropped him and I am now regretting it…Im starting Aaron Hill in his place

    Comment by sstracher — June 7, 2011 @ 4:28 pm

  7. 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.

    Comment by JT Grace — June 7, 2011 @ 5:16 pm

  8. 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.

    Comment by Deadpool — June 7, 2011 @ 9:55 pm

  9. 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.

    Comment by ElJimador — June 7, 2011 @ 11:41 pm

  10. KJ was out of the lineup last night against Paul Maholm.

    Comment by Travis — June 9, 2011 @ 2:57 pm

  11. Add Justin Morneau to the list of off-handed batters. bats left, throws right.

    Comment by gardy32 — June 9, 2011 @ 6:40 pm

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