I have a lot of work to do today — compile offseason rankings, work on some Excel files, do some minor back-end site upkeep — so I don’t have much time for an intro. I’ve spent too much time rambling already!
Question 42 in our top 100 offseason questions asks us “Will Andre Ethier be the 30/100 player he was in 2009?”
Ethier is a talented hitter, but if he’s going to reproduce those numbers it’s going to take a gargantuan effort versus right-handed pitchers because, frankly, Ethier sucks against lefties. I prefer charts and graphs to words, so take a look at some of Ethier’s career numbers in a more visual way.
This graph shows the number of at-bats Ethier has had each year versus left-handed pitchers as compared to the league average. For his career Ethier has a .242 average versus LHP while hitting one home run every 52.6 at-bats. Against RHP he’s a career .309 hitter that averages one home run every 23.2 at-bats. It’s very important that Ethier minimizes his at-bats versus LHP