Game 51, Mariners at Twins
LHP Moyer v RHP Boof Bonser. 4:10.
I noticed something interesting while looking into today’s game to see what Jamie’s 3-year road split in Minnesota. Moyer hasn’t pitched in the Metrodome in years. And looking through the press notes, I found a tiny note at the bottom of the page that mentioned he hadn’t pitched there since 8/29/02.
You’d might guess the results were so disastrous that the team might have been working to keep him off the mound there, but he threw 7 innings, struck out 7, walked one, and no runs scored (the Retrosheet box score).
Fortunately, the Twins have looked really bad against left-handers this year: they’re hitting .263/.334/.369, according to ESPN’s splits.
Worst team in the majors against southpaws? Your Seattle Mariners, hitting .220/.289/.314 against them. Oww.
I’ve harped on this before, but when a team’s hitting that badly against one side, and it’s not sample size but what looks like an exploitable weakness, I would do everything I could to use it against them. The M’s batting split L/R is worth about 1 1/2 runs a game. That’s not worth benching your best right-hander, but at the end of the rotation, if you’ve got some lefty arms in AAA hanging out, call them up and watch them look like stars for a game each. But then I’m a big fan of doing whatever you can to exploit the other team’s weaknesses to win games.