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First Pitch: The Pirates Need to Play Travis Snider

First Pitch: The Pirates Need to Play Travis Snider

Travis Snider was on the bench today in favor of Gaby Sanchez.

We're one game into the season, and already there's a decision made by Clint Hurdle to second guess. The Pirates started Gaby Sanchez over Travis Snider today, putting Garrett Jones in right field. The lineup was announced yesterday, and I withheld my opinion, figuring it could just be a one game move. But it didn't sound like a one game move based on comments by Hurdle today. It sounded more like Hurdle views a lineup with Sanchez and Jones playing everyday as the best lineup the Pirates have.

The Pirates could have Jones get the majority of the playing time and still skip starts against left-handers. That would be smart, since Jones is clearly established as a platoon player. Having Sanchez get the majority of the playing time in the lineup is not smart. In his career against left-handers he has a .291/.385/.484 line in 374 at-bats. In his career versus right-handers, Sanchez has a .248/.314/.398 line in 1098 at-bat...

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