July 23, 2008

Izturis switching to no switching

Cardinals' shortstop Cesar Izturis is known mainly for his solid work on defense, so you might not have noticed him nearly as much at the plate. If you have, though, something might've seemed odd.

That something is that Izturis has--for now--abandoned switch hitting, and stands in the righthanded swingers' side of the batters' box regardless of whether the pitcher is a righty or lefty. The decision became noticeable in last night's game versus the Breweres when Izturis took his at-bats against righthanded thrower Jeff Suppan.

Izuris did not get a hit last night, going 0-for-3, but so far this year, he has hit about a hundred points higher as a righthanded swinger.