How the Astros' Josh Reddick improved against lefties

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    OAKLAND, Calif. – Josh Reddick’s improvement against lefthanders is a key reason he’s on pace for a career-best offensive season.Reddick, who entered Friday night’s series opener against the A’s with a career-best Randy Johnson Gray/Turquoise Jersey.831 OPS, is batting plate appearances against lefthanders this season. The outfielder’s slash line against same-sided pitchers marks a significant difference compared to last season’s dismal .155 .212 .155 in 104 plate appearances. Although Astros manager A.J. Hinch still sits Reddick against certain lefties, Reddick attributes his success to more consistent looks.”I think just seeing them has been beneficial in that regard, just seeing how the ball breaks more, seeing what certain guys do,” he said. “It’s a matter of getting a good pitch. I’m not trying to hit doubles and homers off of them. If it happens, great. I’m just trying to get my hits when I can.” Reddick fell into a platoon the second half of last season after he was traded from the A’s to the Dodgers. In his 104 plate appearances against lefties last year, he didn’t have a single extra-base hit This year he has three against lefties two doubles and a home run against Diamondbacks reliever Andrew Chafin on Aug. 16. “I’m always the guy who wants to be out there every day, no matter who’s on the mound,” he said. “I don’t care if it’s Clayton Kershaw or somebody else who’s out there. I want to be out there regardless helping my team win because I feel like if I can’t do anything with the bat I can do something with the glove as well.”

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