In case you are unaware, David Wright has hit the ground running to start the 2012 season, and that’s putting it lightly. The franchise third baseman has been infamous for eating up the southpaws, but in what is shaping up to be a career year for David Wright, he has actually hit right handed pitching moreso than that of the lefties in 2012.
Wright is batting .376/.475/.554 on the year, ranking fifth in all of baseball in batting average, second on the NL in OBP and fourth in OPS. While being so locked in, one would assume he would be particularly tearing up the lefties, but the stats tell a different story.
Against lefties in 2012, Wright is batting .320/.538/.480, but against RHP, the 29-year old superstar is hitting .394/.449/.577. This tells us several things; one, that David Wright –although still doing exceptional against LHP– is hitting exponentially better versus the righties. His batting average is nearly 75-points higher when facing a righty, but he also has a much higher SLG percentage, but a lower OBP. This tells us that Wright is being more aggressive and swinging with more power to this point when facing RHP.
Another reason why the OBP against lefties may be so much higher is simply that opposing teams are walking him more when a southpaw is on the mound. Wright has five free passes when facing lefties as opposed to one against righties this year. Maybe faced with the fact that Wright is so locked in, teams do not even want to give him the chance to do even more damage when facing his preferred type of pitcher.
There’s no doubt Wright is locked in and having an MVP-caliber year, but what is interesting is that he has done most of his damage moreso against the right handed pitching. I would be very interested in seeing if this theme continues throughout the year.