Purgatory Online

Thursday, August 12, 2004

I notice that Scioscia benched Adam Kennedy in favor of Chone Figgins against a left-handed starter last night. Has he been reading Chronicles of the Lads?

This is, for Kennedy, a rememberance of the bad old days when he was regularly platooned with Benji Gil at second, a situation of which Kennedy was not at all fond. Nevertheless, the 2004 numbers:

vs. RHP: 266 AB, .271 AVG, .336 OBP, .387 SLG, .451 Bases Obtained
vs. LHP: 92 AB, .217 AVG, .301 OBP, .304 SLG, .320 Bases Obtained

Wowsers. Those numbers against righties aren't exactly stellar, but they're certainly forgivable in a second-baseman with Kennedy's defensive skills. The lefty numbers, though, are just putrid. I have yet to see anything that indicates that this is a long-term platoon situation, but the Angels will likely face Detroit's Nate Robertson on Saturday, so we should hear more about this around then.