Anybody noticed that Raul Ibanez is playing rather well recently? If you haven’t, don’t worry. If you wait long enough one of his three-run homers will probably hit you in the head.
He probably will have hit it off a righty, though.
On June 30, Ibanez went 0-for-4 with a strikeout against the Reds to drop his line on the year to 240/328/394. Yesterday his three-run homer off of RA Dickey in the third inning was the big blow of the game for the Phils and he ended the day hitting 274/359/439. Since the end of July he has gotten 133 plate appearances in which he has hit 348/429/539.
And he still isn’t hitting left-handed pitching.
Here’s what he has done against lefties in July and August, keeping in mind that those are the months he has torn things up offensively:
That’s about the same as his results against lefties through the end of June.
Raul Ibanez vs lefties
He’s actually been a little worse against lefties on his tear. He has hit for a slightly higher average, but is walking less and seeing his hits go for fewer bases.
Thankfully, though, he is just hammering righties. Here are his numbers against right-handed pitching for July and August and how they compare to the start of the season:
Raul Ibanez vs righties
Compared to his career numbers, Ibanez is walking more against righties and showing a little bit less power this year. It’s pretty close, though. He had an .850 OPS for his career against righties and .858 for the season. Against left-handed pitching, though, his numbers continue to be way off. Ibanez has a career 267/323/429 mark against lefties for his career compared to 229/280/367 for the year.