Cardinals vs. Phillies: Southpaws And The Phillies

Jamie Garcia struck out Ryan Howard in the second inning of Game 3, bringing up what could be the Phichillies' heel: left-handed pitching. The difference isn't super-dramatic, but there's a difference, as you'd expect:

Split G PA BA OBP SLG OPS
vs RHP 317 4628 .255 .324 .399 .723
vs LHP 236 1649 .246 .319 .382 .701
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 10/4/2011.


Ryan Howard is neutered by left-handed pitching, and while John Mayberry, Jr. helps negate that disadvantage, it's a pretty big deal to lose four at-bats of the good Howard. Chase Utley doesn't have any platoon splits at all, so that's a non-factor.

There are other important splits, too. It turns out that Cole Hamels does really well against hitters with a helmet, and his splits are great against hitters who use a cylindrical wooden object to attempt to strike the baseball after it's thrown, so look out for both of those.

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