It makes perfect sense, Arraez is a better hitter with runners in scoring position and he is a LH hitter (against a RH pitcher). It just didn't work out. Arraez the rookie should be more careful with those borderline calls. Btw, do you actually believe Schoop is going to get a hit or a walk in that situation? He hasn't done that all season.
I get the L/Rpercentages thing that Rocco was looking for there with his hunch.
But here's the deal, over the last 15 days:
Arraez has been scuffling in the dog days of August, at bat, and in the field.
And in all reality, after a blazing start, his 2nd half OPS is only .742.
Schoop was well-rested and has been by far their hottest hitter over the last 15 days.
And 3rd best in OPS for August behind only Cruz and Cave. (Arraez is 9th best over the same time frame.)
Schoop's 2nd half OPS is actually .881, which is 4th best on the Twins (not counting Cave), while Arraez's .742 OPS ranks next to last- 11th best- only Jason Castro is worse.
Schoop also has a season # of .840 OPS vs. RHP on the road.
Still, it was a close call, but Rocco's percentages and hunches went with a scuffling rookie over an established vet with the game literally on the line.
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