Rotation Leans Right
Posted 16 December 2013 - 12:39 PM
. . . There is a great likelihood of an all right-handed rotation for the next two years the way things look now. It's better than a bad rotation, but I'd like to have some lefties.
Posted 16 December 2013 - 01:20 PM
Let me break this down for you:
As a generalization, Target Field has been a little harder on Left-handed hitters, correct? We have talked about every LHB power disappearing at TF sans Thome. We have come to the conclusion, it is better to be a RH batter if you are going to try and pull homeruns out of TF (See Josh Willingham).
So if RHB seem to have more pop at TF, doesn't it make sense to have RHP help combat that? (generally speaking, RHB struggle more against RHP than they do LHP)
Having all RHP, will cause opposing managers to:
A) If they are employing a platoon, use the LHB, which may be less successful putting the ball out of the park.
Force managers to have lots of R-R match-ups, which should decrease overall success of opposing offenses and keep homerun numbers allowed by our staff down at home.
Anyone on the same wavelength with me here?
Posted 16 December 2013 - 01:30 PM
I'm also just not sure how big a deal it is to have a rotation without lefties--how often is that really a factor, and you're picking your starter because of the arm they throw with? In the play-offs it maybe comes into play if you have similar-ability pitchers with a handedness difference, but that's not likely a factor for the 2014 Twins.
Posted 16 December 2013 - 02:15 PM
Three out of six or seven relievers are LHP's.
Given the nature of rotations, how often would the manager be able to schedule his LHP starters for teams with predominately LHB lineups?
Exactly. The only times would be at beginning of season, after All-Star break and at beginning of Post-Season. Also occasionally after an off-day, if you were to skip your fifth man, but how often would that actually work out that way?
Overall, it seems there is a benefit, even if it is small, to having good RHP over LHP at TF, but at this point who cares which arm they throw with, just get good pitching.
Also, the 3 good LHP in the pen will serve you better than making sure you have a Lefty in the rotation.
Posted 16 December 2013 - 02:33 PM