Originally written on CLNS Radio  |  Last updated 5/11/13
It was easy to see the train of thought that Red Sox GM Ben Cherington took this offseason. The American League has long been a conference that has boasted good hitting, and combated with equally good pitching. With this knowledge in toe, the Sox built their 2013 model around the ability to match up favorably against right and left handed pitching. A byproduct of this bigger thought process was the signing of Jonny Gomes. Gomes has long been thought of as strictly a platoon player and his career splits support that notion. In  1472 at bats against right handed pitching Gomes has a slash of .222/.307/.421. To contrast, in  961 at bats left handed pitching Gomes slash is .282/.383/.512.   Granted he had far more at bats against righties but those number are "black and white" enough to make fans skeptical of Gomes as an every day player.  But with the emergence of Daniel Nava, Gomes' role has dwindled- perhaps for the better. As we have already saw, Gomes historically mashes lefties. A...
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