Originally written on Mets360.com  |  Last updated 11/15/14
If you ask most National League lefty batters which southpaw they hate to face in the late innings, undoubtedly most would say Aroldis Chapman of the Reds, who has limited LHB to a .367 OPS while recording an 8.67 K/BB ratio. But the Mets have quite a weapon of their own to neutralize big lefty batters late in the game in Tim Byrdak. Last year Byrdak limited lefties to a .604 OPS but this year he’s been much, much better. In 52 PA versus lefties, Byrdak has a .116/.200/.186 line for a .386 OPS. Only one lefty – Todd Helton – has an extra-base hit against him this season. He has notched 19 Ks against LHB this year for a 36.5 K%. Like last year, Terry Collins is finessing things so that the vast majority of Byrdak’s PA come against lefties. So far, 66 percent of Byrdak’s work has come versus LHP. It’s hard to imagine Byrdak pitching any better than he has in 2012. As always, the question becomes if his need to be micro-managed outweighs his dominance when he does pitch. A ...
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