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Red Sox's addition of Chris Sale compounds Orioles' issues with left-handed pitching

Red Sox's addition of Chris Sale compounds Orioles' issues with left-handed pitching

The Orioles’ batting splits just became a bit more troublesome.

With the news of a reported blockbuster winter meetings trade that is sending left-hander Chris Sale to the Boston Red Sox from the Chicago White Sox, the fact that the Orioles had such trouble hitting left-handed pitching in 2016 is going to become an even bigger problem next year.

Despite having a heavily right-handed lineup, the Orioles were 29th in baseball with a .234 batting average against left-handed pitching, and 27th with a .692 OPS versus lefties.

In 46 games against left-handed starters, the Orioles scored 4.24 runs per game — a half-run less than the 4.73 runs per game they...

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