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Far East
06-04-2007, 09:24 PM
Considering how bad the Reds have fared against left-handed pitching, here is alook at the best dozen OPS Reds: overall, against RHP, and maybe most importantly, against LHP:

---------- OPS Overall OPS vs RHP OPS vs LHP

Ken Griffey Jr. 0.905 0.896 0.918
Adam Dunn 0.883 0.952 0.769
Josh Hamilton 0.857 0.934 0.646
Alex Gonzalez 0.837 0.903 0.707
Scott Hatteberg 0.834 0.817 0.975
Brandon Phillips 0.809 0.761 0.901
Norris Hopper 0.770 0.617 0.968
Jeff Conine 0.747 0.702 0.772
Edwin Encarnacion 0.723 0.732 0.706
Javier Valentin 0.721 0.638 1.405
Ryan Freel 0.676 0.815 0.471
David Ross 0.609 0.573 0.661

Perhaps significantly,

(A) Freel and Ross fail to make the top 10 overall,
(B) Phillips, Hopper, Conine, Valentin, and Ross do better against southpaws than they do against RHP, and
(C) Dunn, Hamilton, Gonzalez, Encarnacion, and Freel do better against RHP than they do against southpaws.

Therefore, those who should get the most AB against RHP (discounting Freel, on the DL), in descending order:

Adam Dunn
Josh Hamilton
Alex Gonzalez
Ken Griffey Jr.
Scott Hatteberg
Brandon Phillips
Edwin Encarnacion
Javier Valentin

And those who should get the most AB against southpaws (discounting Conine because the other first baseman ranks so high -- perhaps due to small sample) in descending order:

Javier Valentin
Scott Hatteberg
Norris Hopper
Ken Griffey Jr.
Brandon Phillips
Adam Dunn
Alex Gonzalez
Edwin Encarnacion

Admittedly, the Reds' worst defensive catcher makes both lineups. But at least Javy would not be the automatic out in the #8 hole that Ross most frequently is. Turn the lineup over, and all that. More opportunities for the top of the order, etc..

Eric_Davis
06-05-2007, 02:11 AM
Hopper's been that RH power bat that the team has needed.

Far East
06-05-2007, 08:11 AM
Hopper's been that RH power bat that the team has needed.

Perhaps not, but Hopper's 0.968 OPS vs LHP ranks him higher against southpaws than Griffey, Phillips, Dunn, Gonzalez, Encarnacion, Hamilton, and Freel.