So, I was sitting here pondering the great things in life, and naturally, my mind turned to these Atlanta Braves. One of the keys to the Braves' offense has been the resurgance of the so-called lefty-killer, Matt Diaz.
I scooted on over to baseballreference.com and started playing around with their Player Finder feature (which I highly recommend, btw), and what I found may surprise you...
The first search I did was Diaz' stats against pitchers that he has faced 20 times or more in his career. This is a VERY small list, but the results were amazing:
The lowest OPS that Matty D has against pitcher whom he has faced at least 20 times is .829 - and that is against Cole Hamels. He has absolutely owned every other pitcher that he has faced 20 times or more. Included in this list are some of the game's better pitchers. But, only one of these guys is a RH pitcher - Nolasco.
So, I lowered the standards a bit on my next search. I figured that on average a batter gets 3 or 4 ABs per game, so after a couple of games, how does Matty D perform? So, I lowered the minimum PAs to 10. Here are the results:
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