Rays vs. Mariners GDT 2: Maybe Delmon Young can save us?

Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

He's just quirky enough to do it!

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I'm in the process of moving, so I've been a bit of a part-timer in the game threads and Twitter. But I imagine there was a bit of confusion at seeing Delmon Young in the lineup against Hisashi Iwakuma, a righty. Young, we all know, has an enormous platoon split.

I Split PA BA OBP SLG OPS BAbip tOPS+
vs RHP as RHB 2756 .274 .305 .402 .707 .314 91
vs LHP as RHB 1123 .306 .343 .477 .820 .345 121
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 9/7/2013.

But what fewer of us know: He also has an considerable GB/FB split too.

I Split PA BA OBP SLG OPS BAbip tOPS+
vs. Fly Ball 1351 .260 .298 .384 .682 .315 85
vs. avg.F/G 1540 .292 .323 .441 .764 .327 106
vs. GrndBall 988 .300 .329 .452 .781 .326 111
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 9/7/2013.

So: A groundball RHP who throws a splitter? It makes sense. Iwakuma -- and this could be just limited-statistics noise -- has indeed allowed more homers to righties, resulting in a .311 wOBA vRHB and a .281 wOBA vLHB.

Anyway, Delmon Young: Not a complete player. But quirky and useful.

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