Is a RH lineup a problem in the Playoffs?

Tuesday, August 04 2015 @ 10:57 PM EDT

Contributed by: John Northey

Just was thinking about who the Jays might face in the playoffs and if being so right handed is a good or bad thing depending on opponent(s).

Rotations...* = LHP
NYY: Nathan Eovaldi, CC Sabathia*, Michael Pineda, Masahiro Tanaka, Adam Warren, Ivan Nova, Chris Capuano* (top 7 from most to fewest starts) Sabathia the only LHP who is a lock to be in their playoff rotation
Baltimore: Ubaldo Jimenez, Wei-Yin Chen*, Chris Tillman, Miguel Gonzalez, Kevin Gausman Again just the one LHP
KC: Edinson Volquez, Jeremy Guthrie, Chris Young, Yordano Ventura, Danny Duffy* yet again just one LHP
Houston: Dallas Keuchel*, Collin McHugh, Lance McCullers, Scott Feldman, Scott Kazmir* - finally one with 2 LHP who would be used in playoffs.
LAA: C.J. Wilson*, Garrett Richards, Hector Santiago*, Matt Shoemaker, Andrew Heaney* = 3 LHP so ideal for the Jays

So all the contenders in the AL have 1 LHP in the rotation at least with the Angels and Astros having multiple.  Guess we have to hope the Jays face an AL West team in the playoffs.

The NL I won't go into details but leaders right now...
LA Dodgers: Kershaw  & Anderson are both LHP. Greinke is yikes.  All the rest of their pitchers with more than 2 starts are on the DL.
St Louis: just one LHP in the rotation but he has a sub 2 ERA
Pittsburgh: Liriano is the only lock for a playoff rotation on the Left side.Locke is also LH but odds are he wouldn't pitch in a World series vs the Jays.
Mets: Niese is the only LHP who is a lock for the playoffs
Washington: Gonzalez is their only LH starter.
SF: Bumgarner is their mandatory LHP in the rotation and he is as much of a lock as there is should they get to the WS.

So anyone the Jays would face in the playoffs would have at least one LHP start against the Jays unless they really, really, really wanted to avoid doing so.

Thus the strong RH lineup shouldn't be a disaster in the playoffs as anyone they face will throw at least one LH pitcher against the Jays (except perhaps in a one game playoff).  Meanwhile the Jays can cause headaches with a power LHP (Price) followed by a soft LHP (Buehrle) then a knuckleball (Dickey) and a solid RHP (Estrada).  No two alike at all.