So Charlie Blackmon is again out of the lineup against a lefty starter tonight. Sitting him is insanity. Blackmon for his career (561 PAs) actually hits markedly better against lefties. Look at the numbers:
Vs. LHP: .336 BA, .849 OPS, 4 HR, in 137 PAs.
Vs. RHP: .298 BA, .771 OPS, 9 HR, in 424 PAs.
Not a huge sample size, but Blackmon hits .38 points higher and homers more frequently against lefties. Benching him is even dumber for this particular game- not only has he been on fire all year, but he has hit 3 homers in the last 2 games, including one off of a lefty specialist! And finally, he is being benched in favor of Brandon Barnes, who isn't much of a hitter at all. Unbelievably poor decision.