As my teenage boys are fond of saying, “Wait, what?”
The left-handed hitting Andre Ethier has pretty much owned right-handed pitchers throughout his six-year career, batting .308 with a .526 slugging percentage. It has never been a problem.
Left-handers have been another matter, the sour to the sweet from the other side. For his career, the Dodgers' right fielder has a .244 batting average and .363 slugging percentage against lefties.
And in recent years, the problem had only grown more exacerbated. In his last three seasons, Ethier hit a combined .215 against left-handers. It was enough of a lineup quandary that in the offseason Manager Don Mattingly said he might use Ethier and James Loney in a quasi-platoon this season. And that Ethier's emotions wasted 100 at-bats last year.
That’s not exactly an issue with Ethier now. To start the 2012 season, Ethier is hitting .333 against left-handers and .273 against right-handers (although his slugging percentage is .727 vs. righties and .525 vs. lefties).