The red ink used this morning to write Cedric Mullins’ name on the lineup card, the designation for left-handed hitters, wasn’t a mistake.
Mullins has decided to abandon switch-hitting, a move he’s contemplated in the past, and concentrate on batting from the left side.
The splits drove him to it. Mullins slashed .171/.216/.286 from the right side and .305/.348/.448 from the left last year and is a career .251/.305/.394 hitter from the left and .147/.250/.189 from the right.
“He’s committing to just being a left-handed hitter right now,” manager Brandon Hyde said this morning in his Zoom conference call with the media.
“It’s something we’ve talked about for a few years, since I’ve been here. Something that he actually brought up to us in our first spring training here and it’s something that he came to us about that he really wanted to just commit to one side of the plate and that was the left-handed side, so we’re going to back him and support him with it. It’s obviously the side that he’s a lot more comfortable hitting and he’s had more success in the big leagues swinging left-handed.
“He’s done a lot of work against left-handed pitchers this offseason. I’m going to try to give him as many looks against left-handed pitching as I can on the back fields and during games.”
Mullins could work in a platoon with Austin Hays, a right-handed hitter. Or one of…