Originally Posted by MisterB
Weird, because he has three hits
off of Glen Perkins alone.
And if OPS isn't your cup of tea:
Eaton vs. RHP - .299/.363/.410 290 PA
Eaton vs. LHP - .320/.386/.388 114 PA
Point was: Eaton's not "especially vulnerable" to lefties, and certainly nowhere near as bad as Gillaspie.
Listening to opposing announcers sometimes gives you bad information and should have recalled that the Twins bullpen hasn't been good against the Sox this year (although not as bad as the Sox bullpen has been against the Twins) and they have a high number of lefties including a closer who isn't a situational lefty and has struggled against the Sox. I apologize.
Nonetheless, opposing managers still bring in lefties specifically to face Eaton. They bring in lefties specifically to face Gillaspie and Dunn. Splitting those lefties in the lineup forces more judicious use in burning their situational lefties. If you have only three lefties in the lineup who pose an offensive you split them up, hopefully in ways that force the opposing manager take out a right-handed reliever early. It used to be automatic for a lefty to come in to face Dunn in the late innings in close games. Now it is becoming automatic to bring in a lefty to face Gillaspie, and the Twins brought in a lefty to face Eaton Saturday night. Stacking your few left-handed hitters makes it easier for the opposing manager to manage his bullpen.
I've read that Ventura makes rookie mistakes, even when the complaints are not pinch-running with the backup catcher in the eighth with a lead or not using a pitcher pinch-run. Stacking your left-handed offensive threats in the lineup would be a rookie mistake Ventura has not made. When he has hit Gillaspie in front of Abreu, he has had a right-handed hitter separating Gillaspie and Eaton.