Tuesday, February 10, 2004
Posted 1:39 PM by Sean
The Angels don't seem terribly concerned (see the last question in the article) about the fact that they're not likely to start the season with a left-hander in the bullpen. It makes me a little nervous, but not too much - both Frankie Rodriguez and Brendan Donnelly had sub-.200 batting average against numbers when facing left-handed hitters last year, so it's not like the Angels have no options when it comes to getting them out. Additionally, of course, since neither of them is a left-handed "specialist," they can be left in against righties, rather than using up a bullpen spot on a guy who would only come in to face one or two batters.
Would I like to have a southpaw version of K-Rod to call upon? Sure. But if you go out and grab somebody just because he's left-handed, and his BAA or OBP numbers are higher than Rodriguez's or Donnelly's, well, that's just pointless.