4/23 Baker gets start over LaHair
Jeff Baker started at first base Monday night against Cardinals lefty Jamie Garcia instead of left-handed hitting Bryan LaHair.
“Right now, I’d like to see better at-bats [by LaHair] against left-handers,” Dale Sveum said. “He’s obviously swung the bat great against right-handed pitchers but Spring Training through now, we’ve talked about some things to try to adjust his approach against left-handed pitching, especially big league left-handed pitching specialists. We have to give him some at-bats as well. When a guy like Baker is sitting on your bench who kills left-handed pitching, you’ve got to get him in the lineup somehow.”
So far this season, LaHair is 0-for-6 against left-handed pitchers and batting .433 (13-for-30) against right-handers. Baker has a career .310 average against lefties and is batting .237 against right-handed pitchers.
— Carrie Muskat