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Granderson Against Lefties

Lee 38 .278 .316 .417
Buehrle 25 .217 .280 .478
Liriano 25 .182 .250 .364
Danks 20 .053 .053 .053
Sabathia 20 .158 .158 .158
Saunders 19 .250 .333 .438
Gobble 15 .385 .429 .923
Perez 15 .167 .333 .417
Perkins 15 .364 .533 .455
Thornton 15 .143 .200 .143
Santana 14 .000 .077 .000
Sowers 14 .286 .286 .500
Lily 10 .100 .100 .100
Logan 10 .222 .222 .556

Joe Poz mentions a thought I'd been mulling in his piece about Granderson (he makes a Granderson Central quip- FreeBradshaw, you'd email me and let me know if you were really my sports writing idol travelling incognito among the unwashed blogging masses, right?).

In the AL Central, Granderson must have faced some great left handed pitchers.  If those guys dominated him, it would go a long way to quelling my still substantial worries that we've traded for a platoon player.

Granderson had a .245 OBP against lefties.  As the chart to the left indicates, familiarity breeds contempt; Granderson beat his average against 7 of the 9 pitchers against whom he had the most PA.

The JoePoz "good lefties" theory: busted.

My new hypothesis: Granderson simply doesn't pick up the ball well. 

It certainly explains his profile as a high strikeout hitter- his success depends on his natural talents (reaction and bat speed) overcoming his limitations.  The incredible difficultly of this limitation is highlighted when he faces a left- he has less time with both eyes on the ball and the pitch breaks away from him, so it's harder to pull.

So tell me, with the usual disclaimers about small sample sizes and bad luck, do you think I'm wrong?