Comments on: First Pitch: Who Wants to Hit a Left-Hander? http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/05/first-pitch-who-wants-to-hit-a-left-hander.html Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 14:38:00 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.3 By: jamminjoe66 http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/05/first-pitch-who-wants-to-hit-a-left-hander.html#comment-27185 Fri, 10 May 2013 00:06:17 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=52959#comment-27185 Barmas can’t hit anyone & his phantom defense has cost us at least 3 games this year. Hurdle must go.

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By: joe g. http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/05/first-pitch-who-wants-to-hit-a-left-hander.html#comment-27182 Thu, 09 May 2013 21:27:24 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=52959#comment-27182 I will agree that the importance is greater in a playoff series, but not so much in the regular season. Less than one AB during the regular season is what it is. The Bucs will not lose 40 games to LH starters – just saying. You counter good pitching with good pitching. In the end, the problem for the Pirates this year will not be the lineup. It will be the starting pitchers. AJ is 36 and Wandy should not be the #2 starter. The pitching matchups alone favor teams like the Braves and Nats.

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By: wkkortas http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/05/first-pitch-who-wants-to-hit-a-left-hander.html#comment-27180 Thu, 09 May 2013 20:14:55 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=52959#comment-27180 OK, that’s fair–but let’s look at it another way. You’re in the one-game Wild Card play in game against the Dodgers, and Kershaw is on the mound. You’ve already got one black hole in the lineup with Barmes–can you afford three more? Even if you win that, now you’ve got the Nats and three games against Detwiler and Gonzalez, or Atlanta with Maholm and Minor. or two games of Baumgarner with the Giants. The way the club is construdted now, you’re toast.

You’re going to see 40 or 50 left-handed starters a year, and if you’re going to try to beat them with only four spots of viable offense in the lineup, you’re going to get killed. You end up giving back five or six games to the league, and there’s no way the Pirates can contend doing that. That’s why it’s a big deal.

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By: vabarletta http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/05/first-pitch-who-wants-to-hit-a-left-hander.html#comment-27179 Thu, 09 May 2013 20:09:19 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=52959#comment-27179 I meant to ship Tabata as part of a package. I know he is not worth alone the value of Willingham.
As for Headley, I can consider going up to 80M for 5 years. I don´t think he is worth more than McCutchen, or is he?
No matter what, Pirates should really start thinking of doing something with Alvarez. By the time he figures it out (if he ever does), he will be a free agent.

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By: joe g. http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/05/first-pitch-who-wants-to-hit-a-left-hander.html#comment-27178 Thu, 09 May 2013 19:53:56 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=52959#comment-27178 Out of Cutch’s 593 AB’s in 2012, 130 were against a left handed pitcher. That’s less than 1 AB per game. He appeared in 157 games. (Started 156)

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By: leadoff http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/05/first-pitch-who-wants-to-hit-a-left-hander.html#comment-27175 Thu, 09 May 2013 19:17:32 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=52959#comment-27175 “perhaps hague deserves a shot despite the small sample sizes”

There is only one guy you would have to convince of that and I don’t think you will, his name is Hurdle.

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By: wkkortas http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/05/first-pitch-who-wants-to-hit-a-left-hander.html#comment-27173 Thu, 09 May 2013 17:09:38 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=52959#comment-27173 B-R does break down splits by power/finesse pitchers, though they don’t break it down by righty/lefty. Their numbers suggest that Pedro is actually much more successful against finesse types than power pitchers, which I wouldn’t have guessed was the case.

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By: schlep http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/05/first-pitch-who-wants-to-hit-a-left-hander.html#comment-27172 Thu, 09 May 2013 17:07:46 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=52959#comment-27172 considering his spring training numbers against lefties

2012 – .524/1.000/1.524
2013 – .429/.429/.857

last years regular season numbers against lefties

2012 – .333/.304/.638

this years triple a numbers against lefties

462./.529./.991

perhaps hague deserves a shot despite the small sample sizes

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By: smurph http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/05/first-pitch-who-wants-to-hit-a-left-hander.html#comment-27171 Thu, 09 May 2013 17:06:39 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=52959#comment-27171 I’ve never seen the logic of limiting relievers to one inning. Sure maybe the closer, so he can pitch more games. But it seems to me it would be better to pitch one reliever two innings one day, and another reliever two innings the next day, rather than have them both warm up and both pitch one inning both days.

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By: wkkortas http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/05/first-pitch-who-wants-to-hit-a-left-hander.html#comment-27170 Thu, 09 May 2013 16:59:16 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=52959#comment-27170 That works out to about ten plate appearance every game on average. I’d say that makes it a pretty big deal.

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