Take a look deeper, though, and you’ll see that the Rangers’ midseason pickups turned out to be rather shrewd–as both Benjie Molina and Jeff Francouer hit southpaws pretty well, relative to righties (against whom they are terrible). If I’m reading this right, that means they are taking at bats against lefties away from Julio Borbon (your prototypical black hole) and Matt Treanor (who couldn’t crack a .200 wOBA against southpaws).
They also have healthy versions of Nelson Cruz and Ian Kinsler, who hammer lefthanders, but missed 1/3 of the season each. Between these four players, it appears Texas’ lefty worries from earlier in the season are no longer an issue. If you’re looking for a positive to take out of this, I suppose it’s that the Yankees righty-heavy bullpen will match up well with the Rangers midseason reinforcements. But if you came into this looking to find a platoon split in the Rangers’ lineup, well, sorry to disappoint.
The main motivation behind the change is probably, as Girardi noted, Hughes home/road splits.… Click here to read the rest