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Tampa Bay Rays’ Bullpen Splits and the 3-Batter Rule

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Bullpen Splits – Page Two

Diego Castillo RHP – 2019 Batting Average Against

vs. Right: .205

vs. Left: .271

Diego Castillo faced 106 lefties and 184 righties. Righties posted a .295 OBP while lefties posted a .340 against Diego Castillo in 2019.

Colin Poche LHP – 2019 Batting Average Against

vs. Right: .190

vs. Left: .167

Colin Poche was dominant against both lefties and righties. Despite his 4.70 ERA Poche only allowed a .277 OBP to righties and a .276 OBP to lefties. If you can look past his not-so-great ERA, his underlying numbers tell a different story. Poche struck out 12.5 batters per nine while only walking 3.3 per nine. He posted a 1.01 WHIP

Oliver Drake RHP – 2019 Batting Average Against

vs. Right: .216

vs. Left: .147

Oliver Drake faced 115 righties and 104 lefties last season. Of his 19 total walks last season, 17 came against right-handed hitters. Drake actually went against conventional wisdom by allowing a .865 OPS against righties and just a .360 against lefties.

Jose Alvarado LHP – 2019 Batting Average Against

vs. Right: .282

vs. Left: .194

Alvarado had a very small sample size last year, but for his career, he’s actually been better against right-handed hitters than lefties. Lefties have slashed .235/.324/.296 against Alvarado while right-handed hitters have slashed .195/.297/.284. As you can see, he’s been incredibly effective against both. If he’s healthy and back to form, it doesn’t matter what side of the plate you stand on.

Chaz Roe RHP – 2019 Batting Average Against

vs. Right: .258

vs. Left: .227

Chaz Roe allowed a .351 OBP against righties and a .370 against lefties. He limited the damage by only allowing .358 and .318 slugging percentages, respectively.

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