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March 11, 2005
BASEBALL: Floyd and Diaz

I had meant to ask this question a few months back - I wonder if, as long as Mike Cameron is settled in right (at least once he's healthy enough to go) the Mets might be wise to consider platooning Cliff Floyd and Victor Diaz in left field. I am, of course, on record as believing that platooning is a good way to deal with an aging player's declining skills, stamina and durability (the latter being a perennial problem with Floyd since his youth, but hopefully regular rest could keep him healthier) while still taking advantage of the things he can do, plus it would give the Mets a look at Diaz before handing him an everyday job. And the numbers bear out the notion that Floyd would benefit from a platoon situation:

FloydABH2B3BHRBBKAVGSLGOBPOPS
2004 vs RHP28376180174073.269.512.373886
2004 vs LHP11327801730.239.336.296632
3yrs vs RHP89226270246143177.294.531.398929
3yrs vs LHP38997240183198.249.450.313763

(I don't have useful splits for the right-handed hitting Diaz, since he's only got 51 big league at bats)

Posted by Baseball Crank at 12:58 PM | Baseball 2005 | Comments (3) | TrackBack (0)
Comments

Crank,

have you seen the studies done that show that RH batters all have the same platoon splits, and that any discrepancies are just do to small sample sizes?

Posted by: jon tenney at March 11, 2005 2:30 PM

No, which studies are they? Thanks.
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Posted by: Zen at March 12, 2005 1:29 PM

I don't think I have (although I vaguely recall some BP references to the notion), although I wouldn't find that all that surprising.

But for Floyd, at least, the point still holds.

Posted by: The Crank at March 12, 2005 9:08 PM
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