Right-Handed Hitters vs Left and Right-Handed Pitchers- 2013 St. Louis Cardinals

Much has been written about how a few spots may turn into a platoon and even more was said about how the Cardinals were poor hitters when facing left-handed pitching. We are looking at how the right-handed batters did in 2013.

When looking at the numbers, most are familiar with them except maybe the OBP and SLG so I have included the formula and some other things to help you along.

The formula for OBP is simple:

H+BB+HBP/AB+BB+HBP+SF

Rules of Thumb

Rating OBP
Excellent 0.400
Great 0.370
Above Average 0.340
Average 0.320
Below Average 0.310
Poor 0.300
Awful 0.290

 

SLG- slugging percentage (abbreviated SLG) is a popular measure of the power of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats:

TB/AB

where AB is the number of at-bats for a given player, and 1B2B3B, and HR are the number of singles, doubles, triples, and home runs, respectively.

Let’s examine how the right-handed hitters fared against the left-handed pitchers.

Avg AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO OBP SLG
Bourjos .256 39 10 1 0 0 0 4 11 .326 .282
Craig .278 126 35 6 0 6 20 4 28 .311 .468
Ellis .282 131 37 5 0 4 15 8 18 .331 .412
Holliday .298 121 36 9 0 1 13 20 26 .403 .397
Molina .333 108 36 10 0 3 21 7 13 .374 .509
Peralta .352 125 44 14 0 4 16 10 38 .404 .580
Robinson .228 79 18 1 0 1 7 12 7 .319 .278

 

Analysis: As you can see I added Bourjos, Ellis and Peralta and did not include Freese. Bourjos is to be our centerfielder and he only hit .256 against left handers. Jon Jay is a lefty batter so we may have some issues against left-handers from the center field position.

Adding Peralta will help tremendously facing the southpaw as he has the ability to get on base and hit for average when facing them. Holliday and Molina flat-out rake no matter which hand the glove is on. Craig being an RBI machine did lead the team with 20.

Let’s examine how the right-handed hitters fared in 2013 against right-handed pitchers.

AVG AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO OBP SLG
Bourjos .279 136 38 2 3 3 12 6 32 .336 .404
Craig .327 382 125 23 2 7 77 36 72 .392 .453
Ellis .265 302 80 8 2 2 33 18 56 .319 .325
Holliday .301 399 120 22 1 21 81 49 60 .384 .519
Molina .315 397 125 34 0 9 59 23 42 .354 .469
Peralta .282 284 80 16 0 7 39 25 60 .338 .412
Robinson .277 65 18 1 1 1 9 11 10 .377 .369

 

Analysis: Craig loves the righties as he managed good numbers across the board. Holliday was able to hit either one for average as was Molina. So if anything cries out for a platoon it might be the numbers Ellis has accumulated facing right-handed pitching.

 

Next up: How did the left-handed batters fare against the left and right handed pitchers.