|Maybe the Twins couldn't hit T.J. House|
because they were puzzled that somebody
named Glenn Anthony goes by the
initials T.J. Or maybe it's just that he's
The Twins hitters have been markedly worse versus left-handed pitchers than against righties: OPS (On-base Plus Slugging) .711 against RHP, .673 against LHP (this entering the Wednesday game).
But when we start digging a bit deeper into this, an oddity emerges:
While the Twins' left-handed hitters are displaying a marked platoon disadvantage against left-handed pitchers (OPS down 63 points), so are the right-handed hitters (OPS down 35 points).
This is essentially inexplicable.
The platoon advantage is real and universal; that the Twins right-handed hitters, as a group, aren't showing it is odd and not indicative of the future. Brian Dozier for his career (1,515 plate appearances) has an OPS vs. lefties of .829, against righties of .662; there's no real reason for him to suddenly be better this season against righties (.757) than lefties (.714).