[Just] because of the way the at-bats would work out. You are talking about 400 or 500 at-bats as opposed to 100 or 200. [But] if you look at our division and the number of left-handed starters that are in it now, you got to stay on top of that.”
The Orioles hit .234 against left-handed pitching, which was 29th in the league. However the acquisition of Smith is set to help the Orioles in more ways than one. Smith has a career .344 OBP, including a .355 OBP against righties. Smith also hit .326 with runners in scoring position.
Here’s what Showalter said regarding Smith:
“Good baseball player, very trustworthy. He’s kind of evolved. Watching him over the years, he’s evolved into a pro hitter. He brings two things to the field that it would be nice to have in our batting order, the low strikeouts and the high walks — you see a guy’s on-base percentage 100-plus points higher than his batting average.
“Every time you face him, feels like he’s hitting about .320. He was a tough out for us. … Smith has always hit good pitching late in the game. He was always a good at-bat on somebody. … He doesn’t go out of the zone much.”