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Thread: Why Do the Tigers need a LH bat again?

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    The wino and I know bucksfan's Avatar
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    Why Do the Tigers need a LH bat again?

    Inspired by Joseph's comment to my regurgitation of the oft-professed comment that Detroit would be seeking to add a LH bat, I looked up a few things. Here's what I found (Tigers AL rank vs. RH/LH) :

    Runs : 3 vs RH / 12 vs LH
    OPS : 5 vs RH / 12 vs LH
    BA : 6 vs RH / 12 vs LH
    OB: 9 vs RH / 13 vs LH
    SLG: 3 vs RH / 10 vs LH

    I can see the TIgers looking to add a bat (supplementing Monroe or Inge) but I would hesitate if I were them (if one person can actually BE the Tigers - besides AL Kaline that is) of putting any stipulation on the side of the plate the dude swings from. In fact, I'd lean heavily towards someone that shows they can get on base vs. a decent lefty.

    Based on living in Toledo-area since 1989, the Tigers have grown to be solidly my 2nd favorite team due to the exposure the Mud Hens gave provided to me of the future TIgers. I know I had on the surface thought "Yeah, they don't have much from the LH side besides Guillen switching and DaMeat coming back" but closer investigation shows their concerns should lie elsewhere, or at least not so specifically on a LH hitter.

    "I'm virtually free to do whatever I want, but I try to remember so is everybody else..." - Todd Snider

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    Re: Why Do the Tigers need a LH bat again?

    because Leyland wants another left handed bat. I know they don't really need one, but Jim Leyland is doing well this year, so I'll go with him.
    "My mission is to be the ray of hope, the guy who stands out there on that beautiful field and owns up to his mistakes and lets people know it's never completely hopeless, no matter how bad it seems at the time. I have a platform and a message, and now I go to bed at night, sober and happy, praying I can be a good messenger." -Josh Hamilton

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