Cardinals notebook: For Gorman to grow into everyday fixture, he must get started vs. lefties

Derrick Goold

MILWAUKEE — For rookie Nolan Gorman to build beyond games like Tuesday’s and develop into an everyday power source the Cardinals believe he can be, he’ll need to improve against left-handed pitchers.

Of course, he’ll first need to start against them.

A peek at that process came Wednesday.

Fresh off his two-homer, four-hit and four-RBI game against Milwaukee, Gorman remained in the lineup Wednesday against Brewers lefty Eric Lauer. Lefties have had success against Lauer this season, and in his career, he does not have the dramatic splits or high strikeout rates that lead to facing a lineup chocked with right-handed batters. The timing was right, manager Oliver Marmol said, for Gorman to get the start — his first step toward more.

“No doubt about it — he needs to be able to be an everyday guy that plays against both sides,” Marmol said. “We’ll have to pick our spots to put our best lineup out there while also developing (him). There are some that make more sense than others. We’ll see what it looks like.”

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In the minors, Gorman had significant gaps between his production against right-handed and left-handed pitchers. The 22-year-old, left-handed slugger batted .379 with an .828 slugging percentage and a 1.254 OPS in 87 at-bats against right-handed pitchers at Class AAA this season. His average against lefties was .174 with a .655 OPS in 46 at-bats. Small sample sizes compared…

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