Sometimes You Have to Play the Percentages
I just looked at tonight’s Giants-Diamondbacks game. Two outs in the 8th with Jeremy Affeldt, a lefty, facing Paul Goldschmidt, a right-handed hitter. Affeldt had gotten two men out in the inning, but pitching against Goldschmidt without the platoon advantage seemed like a bad idea.
I looked it up. Through 2012, Goldschmidt has a career .996 OPS against lefties, but only .769 against righties. This year, however, he’s 1.031 against righties and .975 against lefties. In short, he’s become a very dangerous hitter…
I looked at the box score agaibn. Goldschmidt has taken Affeldt deep for a 3-run homer, and the Giants’ 1-0 lead into the 8th has turned into a 3-1 deficit with one turn at bat to go for the G-men.
Next time, Affeldt strikes Goldschmidt out. That’s baseball.