92 to go before today's game.I can see this org. bringing him back next year. Unfortunately he's running a reverse aplit this year. Sub .600 OPS vs RHP and .700+ OPS vs LHP. Weird.
He's (almost) always run a reverse split. He's always had a very strong reputation for it, at the very least. Heck, I remember when he was younger, it was always funny to see the vL split the broadcast would show of him against LHP. Combined with his RISP w/ 2O split, it seemed like there was a >50% chance that he'd get a hit.
From my observations, there are specific types of LHB and RHB that almost always run reverse splits.
LHB: "Slow" bat types whose hard-line game plan is to pepper the ball the other way à la Ichiro. They succeed with the game plan by having their bat in the zone forever with their hands out in front of the barrel. And since LHP are generally a tick slower than RHP and (therefore) less apt to attack inside, this type of hitter will often make more fair contact vs. them compared to RHP
RHB: Hyper quick bat types who just want to pull anything on the inner half à la Beltre. Since RHP are generally harder throwing and (therefore) more apt to attack inside, these hitters are is less likely to swing-and-miss or pull foul a pitch.
Herschel Mack Just call me 'Boog' Powell IV has just been promoted to The Show for the first time and is hoping to stick around for a couple dozen years or so.
Joe Snake Eyes Wieland has been a mid-K, super-low-BB, Groundball machine in the minors and has a ~90 mph FB. With his potential for masterful zone control, he's looking like the textbook Dipoto-type SP.
Gone, but not forgotten AAPs:
Something horrible happened to Franklin and Elias. Franklin was as sexy a blue-chipper as the M's have seen in a while, but it never materialized. Elias was a bulldog with lots of Moxy, but fell off. Miller, after looking like he'll never stick at SS or learn the OF, is forcing the Rays to play him somewhere because of his bat.