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Do Ryan Ludwick's Splits Really Say Anything?

In 2007, St. Louis Cardinals right-handed batting outfielder Ryan Ludwick appeared to buck conventional wisdom by hitting right-handed pitchers hard, both in the majors and at Triple-A. Don't expect it to continue, though.

My recent article reporting the signing of veteran outfielder Juan Gonzalez to a minor league deal by the St. Louis Cardinals mentioned Ryan Ludwick as a potential competitor to Juan Gone for a roster spot with the big club. Several readers commented that shouldn't be the case. The reasoning is Ludwick's reverse splits – recent data indicates the right-handed hitter has hit righties better than...

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