Being a lefty myself, I know how odd things can get. I may as well borrow Barry Bonds’ elbow pad when sitting at a table crowded full of righties. Writing in pen equals smearing. EVERY TIME. Don’t even get me started on right-handed scissors or three-ring binders. Living through stuff like this, it makes sense left-handed pitchers often create some interesting situations.
We’re still early enough in the season where strange-looking numbers are easy to find. One that caught my eye is the abnormally high number of plate appearances some batters have against lefties, specifically the Royals and Indians, thanks to their schedules. I’ve picked some players from those clubs whose value in the first two weeks may have shifted thanks to seeing a much higher rate of their plate appearances against lefties than normal. For reference, about 27 percent of total plate appearances last season came against left-handers. Lefty-hitting Robinson Cano led the way with 38 percent of his total plate appearances against lefties. Among right-handed hitters, Brian Dozier led the way with 27 percent.