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Matty D

 
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

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 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:

 

PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
Cole Hamels 32 31 9 2 1 1 1 1 5 .290 .313 .516 .829
Scott Olsen 32 31 12 4 0 4 7 1 8 .387 .406 .903 1.309
Johan Santana 31 30 16 3 0 1 4 1 3 .533 .548 .733 1.282
Jamie Moyer 27 23 7 3 0 1 4 3 1 .304 .370 .565 .936
Dontrelle Willis 26 24 10 1 0 3 5 0 4 .417 .440 .833 1.273
Oliver Perez 25 24 6 1 0 3 7 0 5 .250 .240 .667 .907
Tom Glavine 21 20 6 1 0 2 3 0 1 .300 .286 .650 .936
Ricky Nolasco 20 18 8 3 0 0 0 2 7 .444 .500 .611 1.111
Randy Wolf 20 16 7 0 0 0 4 3 2 .438 .550 .438 .988

 

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:

 

 

PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS 6
J.A. Happ 11 9 5 1 0 1 1 2 1 .556 .636 1.000 1.636
Manny Parra 11 11 5 3 0 1 2 0 2 .455 .455 1.000 1.455
Scott Olsen 32 31 12 4 0 4 7 1 8 .387 .406 .903 1.309
Johan Santana 31 30 16 3 0 1 4 1 3 .533 .548 .733 1.282
Dontrelle Willis 26 24 10 1 0 3 5 0 4 .417 .440 .833 1.273
Jason Bergmann 12 12 6 2 0 0 1 0 3 View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 8/12/2010.

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