You think you had a good weekend? It probably doesn’t compare to what Mike Morse did. Friday through Sunday he started 3 games, had 12 ABs, with 8 hits, including 3 doubles, a triple and a home run. It brought his season numbers up to .294/.335/.535, and as Ben Goessling pointed out, it put him on a projected pace to hit 31 HRs in 550 ABs this year.
What was really interesting about his weekend, though, was how much of it was directed against right handed pitching. On Friday night he faced LHP Jaime Garcia, then LHP Trevor Miller, but then tripled against RHP Ryan Franklin. On Saturday, he faced only RHPs – Kyle Lohse and Mike MacDougal. On Sunday, he went against another RHP, Adam Wainwright, before finishing up the weekend hitting against a final RHP, Blake Hawksworth. He ended up going 7 for 9 against righties, with a triple, two doubles, and a homer.
Why is this really interesting? Because before this Friday, he was hitting .242/.284/.400 against RHP this season. Now he hitting .288/.330/.500 against them. That pre-weekend .684 OPS was pretty comparable to what he’d done in the past. His career splits are pretty telling. He’s got an OPS of .863 against lefties but only .675 against righties before this weekend. Factor these last 3 days in and his career OPS vs righties jumps to .758! It’s pretty simple, really. Before this weekend, he couldn’t hit right handed pitchers.