When it comes to how to hit left-handed pitching, everyone seems to have a plan for Andre Ethier.
Dodgers hitting coach Mark McGwire has Ethier focusing on his mindset, not his mechanics. The rest of the National League West has a steady diet of southpaw specialists lined up for Ethier, who batted .222 against lefties and .325 against righties in 2012. There's Jose Mijares and Dan Runzler in San Francisco, Joe Thatcher in San Diego, Tony Sipp in Arizona.
Fans in search of something to pick on have a plan for Ethier too, like a scab that is never allowed to heal.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly has a more nuanced plan he revealed Saturday.
"Some days he gets mentally worn down," Mattingly said of Ethier. "Certain guys just wear you out, that are tough to handle left-handed. Those are good days for a day off. Those guys get you in a bad mood."
But the manager stopped short of calling right field a "platoon" situation in 2013.
"I do look at him as an everyday guy," Mattingly said. "It's tough for me to pinch hit for Andre ... but we've got to be willing to look at the numbers certain times. You've got Jerry (Hairston Jr.) sitting there in the right situation, you've got to think about it. Sometimes it's better for us. The other manager may think they may get Jerry or they may get someone else."
Mattingly sets up plan for Ethier
L.A. Daily News | Mar 10