LF platoon not strict left-right
Right-handed hitting Adam Duvall started in left field for the Reds on Opening Day. Left-handed hitting Scott Schebler got the start on Wednesday. The Phillies have right-handed pitchers going in both games.
How will manager Bryan Price work the platoon of the two players this season? There won’t be one automatic qualifier for the decision.
“I think I look at the match-ups,” Price said on Wednesday. “There is the obvious left-right differential between what the starting pitcher does, if they get left-handers out or right-handers out at a higher rate. Another part is I don’t want either of them to spend too much time away from getting regular at-bats in the starting lineup. There are also times I could play both. If I need to give Jay [Bruce] a day off, I can put Duvall in right field. If I need to give Billy [Hamilton] a day off, I can put Schebler in center. … it will not be a strict left-right platoon by any means.”
Last season, Schebler hit 14 of his 16 homers vs. right-handed pitching. For Duvall, hit 22 of his 35 homers vs. righties. He was also better vs. RHP, batting .276/.324/.513 compared .219/.283/.497 vs. LHP.