April 25, 2007

Southpaw Dominance

Ed Ryan (Shea Nation Network) at Mets Fever, writes about the Mets and how they're doing against lefty pitching this season:

At the NY Times Ben Shpigel takes a look just how good the team looks against lefties. We all remember last year when the Mets couldn't beat anyone who pitched from the left side, now they're off to a 5-0 start against southpaws.

This was a huge reason why they went out and signed Moises Alou, who kills lefties, in the off-season and, to a lesser extent, why they got Damion Easley, too. Alou replaced Cliff Floyd, and Easley upgraded the bench and, if Jose Valentin continued struggling against lefties, he could see more playing time at second base.

So far through the first three weeks, the Mets are leading the major leagues with a .357 average against left-handed pitching. And it isn’t only because of Alou, who is, by the way, batting .333 against them. Their switch-hitting regulars - Carlos Beltran (.500), Jose Reyes (.450) and Valentin (.375)- are hitting a combined .448 against lefties. All have seen dramatic improvements since last season.

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