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Hitters who do not fare well against top pitchers are not as likely to get it done in October
He performed only 12% above the MLB average against top pitchers, but a bone-crushing 40% above league average against the weakest third of the rotation.
Hamilton certainly has an off-and-on postseason record, like a lot of players, and his overall postseason numbers aren't great. But he was an ALCS MVP a couple of years ago. You're always rolling the dice in the postseason, but it's hardly like Hamilton's number can't come up.
This brings up a fascinating general point; is there a KIND of hitter who has more trouble with really good (or some particular Type of really good) arm? More generally, are there methods of platooning we have not seen, being content to simply use left-and-right handedness?
I don't know if that would help any manager in platooning. Somebody has to go up and bat against Randy Johnson.
Somebody has to go up and bat against Randy Johnson.
Isn't 12% above average against Top Pitchers pretty good? That's a 112 OPS+ against pitchers who probably give up like a 90 OPS+ right?
Gennaro on evaluating hitters
Vince Gennaro joined Clubhouse Confidential to break down how well the best hitters fare against the best pitchers
This reminds me of the pitcher's meeting and Schilling. Schilling's answer to every batter was "throw high heat".
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