Originally posted on Burning River Baseball  |  Last updated 9/13/13
It was no secret that the top weakness the Indians were looking to improve upon during the 2012 off-season was their offensive performance against left handed pitchers. It seemed in that season, a left handed starter appearing on the probable pitchers list was an automatic loss. Opponents were so aware of this that they would bring up a left handed starter from AAA to throw against Cleveland instead of a proven right hander, and the strategy almost always worked. They finished that season 18-35 against against south paws, a record that was largely to blame for their fourth place finish in American League Central. If that had even managed to match their record against right handers, they would have finished 74-88, good enough for a third place finish, a lot closer than their eventual 20 games back was. Chris Antonetti didn't sit by and do nothing, in fact almost every single move he made during the off-season had to due with addressing this problem. First he traded questionable r...
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