The numbers were in the Pirates' favor in the seventh inning Monday, but the outcome worked better for the Cincinnati Reds. With the Pirates leading, 3-1, the Reds had runners on first and second with two outs. With switch-hitter Dioner Navarro at the plate, manager Clint Hurdle replaced starter Wandy Rodriguez, who had been dominant up to that point, with right-handed reliever Jared Hughes. "We wanted to flip a switch-hitter who's better right-handed than left-handed," Hurdle said. Navarro's career splits supported Hurdle's decision. Against left-handed pitchers, Navarro has a .259 batting average and a .744 on-base plus slugging percentage. Against right-handers, he hits .239 with a .633 OPS.
Hurdle doesn't regret pulling Rodriguez
Pittsburgh Tribune Review | Sep 12