Garrett Jones struggled to hold up his half of the first base platoon this year. Photo Credit: David Hague
The Pittsburgh Pirates have tried a platoon with Garrett Jones for the past three seasons. In 2011 they brought in Matt Diaz and tried to platoon both players in right field. Jones held up his end of the platoon, with an .808 OPS against right-handers. Diaz didn't hold up his end, with a .704 OPS against left-handers. What made matters worse was that Lyle Overbay struggled at first base, leading to Jones getting more playing time at the position. That led to Jones facing more left-handers, and Diaz facing a lot of right-handers.
In 2012 the Pirates moved the platoon to first base, and brought in Casey McGehee as the platoon partner for Jones. Once again, Jones did well with an .888 OPS against right-handers. McGehee also did well, putting up an .807 OPS against left-handers. However, the Pirates had problems in right field, forcing the platoon apart. Jones went to right, whe...
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