Last night I wrote about how the problem with the Pirates offense this year has been that three positions in the lineup struggle against left-handed pitching. Pedro Alvarez, Neil Walker, and the right-field duo of Travis Snider and Jose Tabata have all struggled against lefties this year.

Platoons are very underrated. Or should I say the left-handed side of the platoon is underrated. Just look at a lot of the comments about Gaby Sanchez's value. Some will see how valuable he is this year. Others will point to his .233 average and .754 OPS and say he's a horrible hitter.

Then you've got Pedro Alvarez. He's got an .833 OPS. However, that's because he's crushing right-handers and struggling against lefties. Every time you talk about platooning him, you inevitably have someone demand the...

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