Originally posted on Burning River Baseball  |  Last updated 6/4/12
The Indians are 4-12 against left handed starters so far this season. This is the third worst record in the Major Leagues behind the Cubs and Padres who are both in last place in their divisions. Luckily for the Tribe, they have gone 24-13 against right handed starters, allowing them to stay in second place. There has to be some explanation for this discrepancy and I don't think it is a straight down the line reason like, "the Indians lineup is full of left-handed batters and left-handed batters as a rule can't hit left handed pitchers."  So far this season, Indians hitters have batted .214 (last in MLB) against LHP and .272 (6th in MLB) against RHP. The top team in both splits is the Texas Rangers who have somehow managed to bat just one point different (.288 vs RHP, .289 vs LHP) between the two. The Rangers do have quite a few right handed batters on their roster, but three of their strongest hitters, including their MVP centerfielder Josh Hamilton are lefties. Assuming the immediate
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