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Should Rajai Davis Platoon with Dirks or Jackson?

While playing around on fangraphs, I came across something interesting. Austin Jackson cannot hit left handed pitching. That raised the question, should the newly signed Rajai Davis be playing in left or center against LHP. Let's first take a look at the numbers. In 2013, Jackson hit a less than impressive .216 against south paws. In 2013, Davis hit .296 against lefties. Now let's flip it. In 2013, Jackson hit .296 against right handers and Davis hit .228 against them. After looking at this, I wondered if this could be a fluke. I mean, guys have weird years that produce strange numbers, so I decided to look a little closer. In his career, Austin Jackson is a .291/.349/.428 hitter against right handers. He is a career .246/.332/.385 hitter against lefties. Now if you look at Davis,he has hit .294/.354/.425 against righ handed pitching in his career while hitting just .167/.286/.250 against left handed pitching. If the Tigers did this, they could get some of the best production out of center field. Not to mention that this could open up some doors for flexibility. The team could either stick with a fulltime Dirks in left or go after a bigger bat to play left and protect Cabrera, such as Nelson Cruz. That could create quite the effective lineup. So I ask once again, should Rajai Davis play in left or center?

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of the <em>Bless You Boys</em> writing staff.

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