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David Ortiz Versus Lefties

Today Sean McAdam posted an interesting article on regarding David Ortiz and his success versus LHPs. Here is an excerpt:

The three homers off lefties represent one more than Ortiz hit all of last season against lefthanded pitchers. He's done more damage against lefties in 55 at-bats this season than he did in 185 at-bats through the entire 2010 season.

"I guess everybody was questioning me hitting against lefties,'' said Ortiz. "I've said before, most of the time when you struggle against lefties, you're getting yourself out. You're chasing (pitches) out of the strike zone. That's pretty much what they try to make you do -- chase out of the strike zone. When you force them to stay in the strike zone, you've got to take advantage of it.''

It's a great read so we thought we would follow up with some graphics that help visualize David's success.

A comparison of David Ortiz and his In Play SLG versus lefties during the first half of the 2010 season (left image) as well as his In Play SLG vs. lefties so far in the 2011 season (right).You can follow Sean McAdam on Twitter @Sean_McAdam.