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Mike Fontenot: Power Hitter (Against Righties)

MESA, AZ - FEBRUARY 23:  Mike Fontenot of the Chicago Cubs poses during photo day at the Fitch Park Spring Training complex on February 23, 2009 in Mesa, Arizona. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
Colby PashContributor IMay 3, 2009

"Mighty" Mike Fontenot is listed at 5'8", 170 lbs., but he plays much larger...against right-handed pitchers. The slugger is second on the team with five home runs, trailing only Alfonso Soriano's seven. All of Fontenot's homers have come off right-handed pitching.

In fact, all of Fontenot's hits this season, save one, have come off right-handed pitching. Similarly, all of Fontenot's 17 career home runs, save one, have come off right-handed pitching. Do you see a theme here?

Fontenot cannot hit left-handed pitching.

He's currently batting .295 against righties and a minuscule .071 against lefties. It's not uncommon for a left-handed batter to struggle against left-handed pitching, but considering Aaron Miles is a backup with a .300 average against lefties, this is absurd. Why doesn't Miles get more looks against left-handed pitching?

Aside from Mike Fontenot's great offensive start, he's been error-free in 2009 at second base and while filling in for the injured Aramis Ramirez at third. Currently, Fontenot's offensive numbers among second basemen are where no one would have guessed:

  • Top five in the NL: home runs (third), RBI (fouth), and walks (fifth)
  • Top 10 in the NL: total bases (sixth), runs (seventh), slugging (eighth), hits (ninth), and on-base percentage (ninth)

Not bad, considering he only hits right-handed pitchers and his National League competition includes Chase Utley, Brandon Phillips, Dan Uggla, and Orlando Hudson.

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