A little more fodder for Beth's fantasies
Chris Snow wrote a piece in the Globe today about how well Foulke is pitching left-handed hitters this year. Here's an excerpt.
The Sox, meanwhile, began last night without a lefthander in the bullpen.The manager and the captain each offered different opinions as to why Foulkie has had so much success against left-handed hitters this season (They're hitting a mere .190 vs .231 for the righties). Francona said:
But the club has discovered a pitcher suited for the role, even if he throws with his right hand.
"[Keith] Foulke's been our lefty, and he's been a pretty good one," manager Terry Francona said before last night's game. "You're dying for that left-on-left guy. He's actually one of the better ones in the game."
"Any [pitcher] with a split like [Jonathan] Papelbon or a changeup like Foulke usually has better success against lefthanders . . . Anybody with good offspeed pitches can get lefties out."Meanwhile, Varitek has a different explanation, offered as a "caveat" by Snow:
Foulke's ability to precisely locate his fastball to both sides of the plate prevents lefties from sitting on his changeup.