Originally Posted by PuffyPig
Your conclusion may well be right, but to ignore how this particular pitcher does against RH and LH pitchers is ignoring half of the relevant stats.
Downs gives up a .488 OPS last year vs. LH hitters, .813 vs. RH hitters. That shouldn't be ignored.
Right. I think that tends to get overlooked an awful lot when looking at splits both ways.
Basically, if you're Scioscia you need two outs. Do you believe you'll get those with your best LHP going against the Reds best left handed batter, walking the best right handed batter, and then getting the next left handed batter?
Or are you better off walking the best left handed batter, trying to get two outs with no where to put Phillips(who kills Lefties.)
It's a more difficult question than I believed last night.
If anything this validates Dusty's theory on the importance of splitting lefty bats up.