Lefty relief specialist Randy Choate is on his way to the St. Louis Cardinals.
Check out his 2012 splits and you’ll see why it is a huge pick-up for the Cardinals ‘pen.
|vs RHB as LHP||38||52||40||3||13||1||0||0||9||8||0.89||.325||.471||.350||.821|
|vs LHB as LHP||72||116||101||13||16||3||0||1||9||30||3.33||.158||.243||.218||.461|
Choate appeared in 80 games and only allowed 29 hits, only five for extra-bases.
Choate threw 649 pitches, 417 were sinkers, 205 were sliders, and only six were fastballs.
Here's what Choate's sinker looked like against lefties
The one homer that Choate allowed was to Miguel Montero on August 1, on a 3-2 sinker, that was more stinker than sinker
The seventh pitch of that at bat was right in Montero's wheel house.
Of course, it's unfair to highlight Choate's one mistake, but when you are a machine against lefties it is the unusual that is more interesting than the usual.