2023 Diamondbacks: Projected lineup against lefties

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It always amazes me how a hitter performs based on the hand/arm the pitcher uses to throw the baseball.  It is a guess at this point what the lineup will look like this season, but here is a projected lineup based on the numbers.   

  1. McCarthy RF
  2. Marte 2B
  3. Carroll LF
  4. Walker 1B
  5. Longoria 3B
  6. Moreno DH
  7. Thomas CF
  8. Ahmed SS
  9. Kelly C

Quick Thoughts on this 2023 Diamondbacks projected lineup against lefties

It is no surprise that the owner of left-handed pitching on this Arizona ball club is Christian Walker.  In 2022, Walker hit 9 doubles, 7 HRs, 18 RBIs, and slashed .261/.352/.493 against lefties.  Also against lefties, he walked in 14% of his at-bats.  Walker should be the main producer of runs for this D-backs ball club in 2023.

What might be surprising is having Alek Thomas in this particular lineup.  In 2022, Thomas struggled against left-handed pitching.  In 91 ABs, he slashed .198/.229/.242 for an OPS of .471.  He also walked in less than 4% of his ABs.  But there is hope.  From 2021-2022, Thomas had 156 minor league at-bats against lefties.  His numbers go as follows: 7 HRs, 22 RBIs, 1.039 OPS.  The potential is there.

You could make a long list of things Evan Longoria has done well in his career.  Near the top of that list of things, mashing left-handed pitching.  Here are his numbers over the past couple of years against lefties:

2022: 6 HRs, 22 RBIs, .812 OPS
2021: 6 HRs, 13 RBIs, 1.087 OPS, 23% walk rate
2019: 6 HRs, 24 RBIs, .852 OPS, 13% walk rate

Like Walker and Longoria, Marte can really hit left-handed pitching.  In 2022, Marte hit 4 HRs, 20 RBIs, and had an .812 OPS against lefties.  In 2021, Marte hit 8 HRs, 23 RBIs, and had an OPS of 1.171.  It is evident that this D-backs team can really hit left-handed pitching.  If Kershaw is the opening-day starter for LA, look for this lineup to be rolled out onto the field…