Sunday, August 29, 2004

Platoon Splits For The Playoffs

One thing I spend entirely too much time looking up is platoon splits. For some reason, I have probably compiled this list in my head a dozen or so times in the last month, and have posted versions of it in the comments at Dodger Thoughts twice. Anyway, this is a list of all of the left-handed pitchers playing for contenders, with their lines this year against left-handed batters (avg/obp/slg).

NL
St. Louis has no lefty starters and 2 effective lefty relievers, Steve Kline (.150/.258/.200) and Ray King(.153/.240/.165). Theoretically, Ankiel could see playing time in the playoffs, and he's been dominating in A and AA, but I'm not sure how necessary he'd be with Kline and King being even more dominant.

Chicago would not start any lefties in the playoffs and would likely have 3 effective lefties in the pen: Glendon Rusch(.227/.288/.268), Mike Remlinger( .261/.288/.435), and Kent Mercker(.247/.315/.358).

Atlanta would likely start Mike Hampton(.269/.307/.369), and would have Effective Left-Handed Setup Man Who Anchored Dodgers Bullpen Chemistry Tom Martin(.308/.380/.462) out of the pen. My guess is that Horacio Ramirez(.224/.316/.388) probably wouldn't see much action even if his injury clears up.

Los Angeles would start Odalis Perez(.262/.301/.475). Wilson Alvarez (.304/.340/.522) will be used in some capacity; hopefully Kaz Ishii (.265/.366/.419) will succeed in very low-leverage innings. The Mike Venafro(4 PA, .000/.500/.000, 0 BB, 2 HBP) and Scott Stewart(.351/.400/.459) parade could factor in somewhere.

The Giants will probably start Noah Lowry(.319/.333/.468 tiny sample size) and possibly Kirk Rueter(.287/.325/.387), and Wayne Franklin(.236/.300/.431), Jason Christianson(.234/.351/.313), and Scott Eyre (.227/.259/.467) will all log innings for the official bullpen of Rolaids (and not because they spell relief).

San Diego would likely start David Wells (.282/.292/.515), and a Sterling Hitchcock appearance (.300/.500/.700, 16 PA) is always possible if his injury situation "improves".

AL
Oakland: Mark Mulder (.250/.323/.350) starts, one or possibly both of Barry Zito(.350/.451/.504 in 165 or so PA) and Mark Redman (.298/.361/.461) starts (whomever doesn't start probably takes a few innings away from one of the A's seven relievers). Chris Hammond(.275/.283/.333), Ricardo Rincon(.182/.214/.242), and Arthur Rhodes(.317/.388/.512) relieve.

Boston: Alan Embree (.269/.282/.397) and Mike Myers (.233/.329/.356) relieve.

New York: the greatest word in baseball-- Nitkowski. (.271/.375/.417)
Minnesota: Honus Santana (.191/.232/.331) starts, J.C. Romero (.250/.316/.295) relieves, and Terry Mulholland (.286/.331/.419) mans the torture chamber in Aaron Gleeman's nightmares (but might actually be the best option to start game 3 instead of Lohse/Silva) .

Texas: the Gambler (.307/.376/.420) starts; Ron Mahay(.209/.286/.267) and Brian Shouse(.169/.215/.324) would relieve; Erasmo Ramirez(.333/.385/.500) could appear.

Anaheim: "Ace" Jarrod Washburn(.225/.273/.396) will start if he's recovered from injury in time.

Not a particularly bad year to have a big-platoon-split-southpaw-stocked starting lineup, unless you're facing the A's.

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