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First Pitch: Should Jose Tabata Be the Everyday Right Fielder?

First Pitch: Should Jose Tabata Be the Everyday Right Fielder?

Jose Tabata has been better against right-handers than Travis Snider so far. Photo Credit: David Hague

So far this season the Pittsburgh Pirates have been using Travis Snider most of the time against right-handers. However, when a lefty is on the mound, Snider is on the bench. On the season Snider has just eight plate appearances against lefties. Guys like Jose Tabata and Brandon Inge have been getting the starts in right field, with Tabata being the go-to guy, and Inge only starting during a time when Tabata was hurt.

Even though the Pirates are going with a platoon role, a case could be made for Tabata to be the everyday right-fielder. Snider has a .287/.356/.404 line in 94 at-bats against right-handers so far. Tabata has a .340/.426/.489 line in 47 at-bats against right-handers. Tabata went 1-for-3 against left-hander Erik Bedard tonight, while Snider went 0-for-2 against right-hander Jose Cisnero.

In each case you've got a small sample size. Tabata's success is only in 47 ...

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