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Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Tonight's managers spurn platoon edge

From Marc Topkin, news about tonight's lineups:
As I've written, Maddon's cupboard is utterly bare when it comes to a DH who can hit lefties (which was true even before Baldelli went down). I don't know that Johnson is the best choice among bad choices, but I don't know that he's not.

Coincidentally, Ron Washington has almost exactly the same problem at first base. Rookie Mitch Moreland, a left-handed hitter, gives the Rangers decent production against right-handed pitching, but righty-hitting Jorge Cantu hasn't done anything against anybody this season. And like Maddon, Washington is foregoing the platoon advantage in favor of the guy who's actually hit some this season.

I just hope nobody lets Washington get away with claiming that he's saving Cantu as a pinch-hitter for a key moment in the most important game in franchise history.