Playing A Little Pepper

Luke Scott hitting second against a lefty? Luke Scott is hitting second against a lefty. Scott has faced Felix Doubront just seven times. And in those plate appearances he has been on base 3 times and hit 2 home runs. But maybe more importantly, Scott has struck out just once and in another at bat he hit a line drive to first base. In other words, Scott sees Doubront’s pitches well. Doubront also has fairly even splits against righties and lefties in his career. In addition, James Loney is back in the lineup again. Not only do Doubront’s splits factor here, but it seems pretty clear that Loney is now officially playing everyday. He might get an occasional day off against a tough lefty. But he’s going to start against most. And that means soon his batting average is going to come back to earth. And yes, Loney has hit lefties well so far, but there is no reason to think that will continue…Evan Longoria is second in the AL among position players with a 2.2 WAR.

Game Graph

[Will be up at game time]

Source: FanGraphs

Lineup…

  1. Flash Jennings, CF
  2. Luke Scott, DH
  3. Ben Zobrist, RF
  4. Evan Longoria, 3B
  5. Yunel Escobar, SS
  6. James Loney, 1B
  7. Sean Rodriguez, LF
  8. Jose Lobaton, C
  9. Ryan Roberts, 2B
  10. Alex Cobb, SP

 

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  1. Gus says:

    Batting a .200-hitting Escobar behind the top hitter in baseball is madness. I write this an hour before the game, but if Longo sees one decent pitch to hit tonight, the Red Sox are idiots. Lester -- a fine pitcher -- tip toed around Longo all night last night. With a shaky guy like Dubront on the mound, I'm not optimistic they'll throw if anything in the 727 area code.

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  2. Dave L says:

    Look beyond yearly batting averages and you will see the logic. Yunel is 6 for 14 the last 4 games. The rays surf the ebb and flow of the season.

    They try to ride the hot bat and give it confidence.

    Maddon had a great interview on MLB Tonite it was pure Joe with Kenny and it Reynolds try to find it Cork it was good

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