Originally Posted by _Sir_Charles_
The sample size against lefties is pretty small IIRC. And we could always use MORE (which was my point). I want improvements anywhere I can get them.
The thing to remember about all these ideas people have been posting about who we should get...these guys will cost us players too. The idea is to improve in areas without hurting ourselves in others. Not as easy as many make it out to be.
I'm not against us adding a big lefty bat or even some lefty obp slap hitters. I just don't think it's as dire a need as you're making it out to be.
Extend the sample size to 2011, with the similar Reds team. OBP against lefties was first in the NL at .349. OBP against righties was 8th in the league at .319, a full thirty points lower.
This is really inarguable.
And by the way, and I don't know how many times to say it, I do not think the Reds need a "big lefty bat." I have consistently said just the opposite.
Get a platoon OBP lefty hitter, doesn't need power, and lefty bench man. That's all they need IMO.