Lefty thinking 

May, 5, 2006
Happy Friday! As you know, some of your favorite fantasy hitters are off to uninspiring starts. And it's not just the obvious Adrian Beltre types people complain about, I get e-mails about Grady Sizemore, Willy Taveras and Hideki Matsui as well.

So earlier this week when Rich Aurilia of all people hit his fifth home run and became one of the most added players in ESPN leagues, it hit me: I know Rich Aurilia isn't a great player, but how is he hitting so well? Why all this power? Is this 2001 again, when Aurilia batted ahead of Sir Barry and hit 37 home runs, his Brady Anderson type season? So I looked it up.

We know the Reds have been using Aurilia in a first base platoon with lefty Scott Hatteberg, and it's been working. Aurilia's torching southpaws, while Hatteberg walks in just about every other at-bat against right-handed pitching. But Aurilia's at-bats are really close to Hatteberg's, so if less than one-third of all major league pitchers throw with their left hand, then how ...