Saturday, April 18, 2015

Phillies' Pence is Hunting Lefties

Hunter Pence has owned lefties since coming to Philly.

Phillies' Pence is Hunting Lefties

Hunter Pence and the Phillies batters will need solid numbers against the Cardinals. (Michael Bryant/Staff Photographer)
Hunter Pence and the Phillies batters will need solid numbers against the Cardinals. (Michael Bryant/Staff Photographer)

When the righthanded Hunter Pence was traded from the Astros to the Phillies on July 29, he was hitting better against righthanded pitchers (.318) than he was against lefthanded pitchers (.278). Once in South Philly, he has simply owned southpaws.

As a Phil, Pence hit .405 with a .528 on-base percentage and an unreal .929 slugging percentage against southpaws. He has three career hits against Jaime Garcia, the lefty the Cardinals will send to the mound tonight, all for extra bases.

If you want to see more on Pence, check out Hour 15 from last week's Phillies BoopStats Marathon.

Pence's 2011 hitting numbers vs. lefties by team:

    AB R H   2B   3B   HR   RBI   BB   SO   Avg.   OBA Slg.
Astros 97   15   27 6 2 2 16 8 14 .278 .336   .443
Phillies    42 13 17 2 1 6 8 11 4 .405 .528 .929
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Boop – who goes by Bob Vetrone Jr. when he is undercover or paying bills – has been at the Daily News since 1982, after working for five years at the Philadelphia Bulletin up to its closing. Along with helping to build the sports scoreboards most nights, he has had great input into the papers’ special sports pullouts – March Madness, Broad Street Run, Record Breakers, Greatest Moments – as well as its day-to-day, award-winning event coverage.

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