The Pittsburgh Pirates moved Jones to right field this year, and brought in Matt Diaz to platoon with Jones, utilizing the strength and favorable platoon splits for each player. So far this season, that is working out favorably for Jones.
The left hander is batting for a .280/.393/.547 line on the season, with six homers in 75 at-bats. That's entirely fueled by his performance against right handers. Jones currently has a .303/.425/.606 line against right handers, with all six of his homers in 66 at-bats. Against left handers he is a mere 1-for-9.
The other side of the platoon hasn't worked out so far. Diaz, who hit for a .340/.384/.544 line against left handers from 2008-2010, has struggled in the early part of the 2011 season, going 1-for-16 against southpaws. Diaz is hitting for a .273 average in 33 at-bats against right handers, although the average is empty, with a low on-base percentage (.294)...
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