Dear Lou: Concerning Platoon Splits
A couple of days ago, I took some of my precious time to warn our friend, Lou Piniella, about left-handed reliever John Grabow. I present this nifty set of statistics:
GRABOW...And kindly asked Lou to use Grabow according to his skills: a Lefty One Out Guy (or LOOGY). Simply put, Grabow does not pitch well against right handed batters.
Career xFIP vs. righties: 4.66 worse than average
Career xFIP vs. lefties: 3.32 way better than average
Career K/BB vs. righties: 3.32 way better than average
Career K/BB vs. lefties: 1.45 worse than average
The following game, Lou took my advice (oh, and of course Sweet Lou reads this blog -- don't even act otherwise!), bringing Grabow in to face one lefty and then hit the showers.
Unfortunately, he spurned my wisdom, perhaps in a fit of frustration caused by our piss-poor middle of the lineup, and brought Grabow in to face this:
R, Cab.: single
L, Vot.: strikeout
R, Phi.: single
R, Rol.: walk
...In other words, it was a text book demonstration of Grabow's struggles. I will end this examination with the same exhortation with which I ended my last:
In summation: NO MAOR GRABOW FOR TO PITCH AGAINST WRITIES, PLSKTHXBAI!