Baseball Crank
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December 29, 2003
BASEBALL: Split Deck of Cards

Was there a team in baseball with more dramatic platoon splits up and down the lineup in 2003 than Tony LaRussa's Cardinals? I doubt it. You'd be sorely tempted to throw nothing but lefthanders against the Redbirds if you saw these splits:

Avg vs RHPSlg vs RHPOBP vs RHPPLAYERAvg vs LHPSlg vs LHPOBP vs LHP
.292.631.405Jim Edmonds.225.577.320
.306.534.390JD Drew.218.418.306
.281.446.358Tino Martinez.235.346.323
.271.414.326Fernando Vina.163.245.236
.290.378.358Orlando Palmeiro.182.200.224

But then, you'd want to re-consider when you look at the other side of the ledger:

Avg vs RHPSlg vs RHPOBP vs RHPPLAYERAvg vs LHPSlg vs LHPOBP vs LHP
.350.646.434Albert Pujols.387.732.458
.316.434.364Edgar Renteria.391.670.503
.287.516.370Scott Rolen.283.575.427
.226.320.302Mike Matheny.340.480.384
.238.351.295Eduardo Perez.353.667.459
.267.379.306Bo Hart.300.433.344

If the Cards think they are 'solving' a problem with lefthanded pitching by dumping Drew and Tino, they may be mistaken; those guys were actually doing a good job of inducing teams to throw lefthanders at the rest of the lineup. It's harder to project what this means going forward, since some of these splits (e.g., Renteria and Matheny) are unlikely to remain as dramatic in the future.

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