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Victorino receiving medical attention after a plunking.
Shane Victorino has thrived as a switch-hitter for most of the past decade, but a midseason hamstring injury forced him to make an adjustment.
Unable to put his body weight on his left leg—and too stubborn to sit out and let it heal—he decided to swing exclusively from the right side. Victorino made the transition seamlessly. He actually improved against right-handed pitching (.314/.370/.491 before, .300/.386/.510 after) when operating at a platoon disadvantage.
At first, it was a fascinating story. Now it's becoming obnoxious.
The Flyin' Hawaiian has been hit by six pitches in 10 games this postseason, which, according to High Heat Stats, is the most ever for any player in a single October. Four of those "errant" pitches came from right-handers.
He's been plunked 15 times in righty-vs.-righty matchups despite only engaging in those matchups during the second half of the year. That's more than a coincidence; Victorino simply isn't reacting well to inside offerings now that he's seeing them from a different perspective. Expect that total to rise against an all-right-handed St. Louis Cardinals starting rotation.