I decided to take another look at the potential new Yankee, Octavio Dotel.
Since he was injured in 2005, it makes sense to throw out his 2005 stats.
Looking at his 2004 numbers, thanks to the sortable database at BaseballMusings.com, I noticed something concerning.
Dotel kills RH batters – even last year, when he was hurt. How does Octavio do against left-handed batters? Here’s the answer:
This is interesting. In 2004, all of a sudden, LH batters, while not hitting well often against Dotel, when they did hit him they did a lot of damage – look at his slugging percentage allowed.
If the intent is to limit Dotel to just facing RH batters in 2006, to combat his new issue with LH batters, why not just use Scott Proctor in that role instead?
Gosh, I never thought that I would see the day that I would prefer Proctor over anyone in the Yankees pen. But, Dotel just might be that one.