The platoon is quickly escalating as a tactic among baseball managers looking to get a leg up. The Brewers utilized one in center field between Nyjer Morgan and Carlos Gomez last season to turn a weakness into a strength and win their first NL Central division title. The Yankees, of all clubs, feature this year's star platoon player in Raul Ibanez. The 40-year-old has terrorized right-handed pitching en route to nine home runs, 27 RBI and a .263/.323/.551 line in his first 36 games.
A quick look at Ibanez's season splits show the Yankees understand his purpose is just to hit righties – Joe Girardi has only allowed him to face left-handed pitching 16 times, in which he's just 3-for-15 without a home run. Crushing righties is nothing new for Ibanez – he owns a career mark of .286/.350/.490 against them, compared to just .264/.317/.425 against lefties.
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