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First Pitch: How Good Could the Ike Davis/Gaby Sanchez Platoon Be?

First Pitch: How Good Could the Ike Davis/Gaby Sanchez Platoon Be?

Now that Ike Davis is in the mix for the Pittsburgh Pirates, it looks like the first base position is settled, at least for the next few years. There is the possibility that Davis won't work out. His career numbers against right-handers are strong, but he hasn't always played up to those numbers, in part due to injuries. If he can play up to those numbers, and stay healthy, then he could pair nicely with Gaby Sanchez, giving the Pirates some solid production from the first base position.

I wanted to get an idea of what the Ike Davis/Gaby Sanchez platoon was capable of, so I looked at a season projection from each player, using the numbers detailed below.

Gaby Sanchez

In his career, Sanchez has an .898 OPS against left-handers over 575 plate appearances.  He has a .701 OPS against right-handers in 1439 career plate appearances. Last year, Sanchez got 194 plate appearances against right-handers, and 126 against left-handers. A big reason for the increase against right-handers wa...

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