Rays Stung By Moncada In 3-2 Loss To Chisox
The Tampa Bay Rays and Chicago White Sox were tied at 2-2 in the top of the tenth. With 2-out, Nicky Delmonico doubled off Rays lefty Jose Alvarado. Kevin Cash elected to intentionally walk Tim Anderson in order to face Yoan Moncada. Of course, Moncada doubled in what would be the eventual winning run.
There is not much difference between Anderson who is hitting .243/.293/.403 (.696 OPS) and Moncada who is batting .226/.306/.407 (.713 OPS). So, why did Cash prefer Moncada over Anderson?
“Anderson’s hit better against left-handed pitching than Moncada has of late.” Cash said. “Just get him [Moncada] turned around, it just didn’t work.”
The right handed hitting Anderson has hit .269/.302/.463 (.765 OPS) versus left-handed pitching. Moncada, a switch hitter, has hit .173/.252/.276 against southpaws.
Additionally, Alvarado himself is better against right handed batters. He’s held them to a .174/.270/.200 (.490 OPS). Left handed hitters have hit considerably better slashing .269/.382/.345.
Given all the information between Alvarado, Anderson, and Moncada it would seem Cash in fact made the right call. Cash said he was happy with the decision, not the result.