Should Travis Snider be getting more playing time against left-handers? Photo credit: David Hague
It's a question I get often: Why isn't Travis Snider starting against left-handers? Sometimes it's straight up. Sometimes it's wondering if he's really done enough to establish a trend in the majors. Sometimes it's just complaining that Brandon Inge is in the lineup.
Snider is off to a good start this year. After tonight's game he has a .288/.366/.397 line on the year. Coming in to the night he had a .292/.361/.400 line against right-handers, and was 1-for-5 against left-handers.
The Pirates have been pretty set on platooning him. They've had Brandon Inge starting against lefties in the last week, and there has also been talk that Russell Martin could get some playing time in right field, with Inge at third against lefties. Jose Tabata is 1-for-20 this year against left-handers, so he really hasn't been a solution. In fact, the Pirates don't really have a solution that has stepped...
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