We all know Josh Hamilton doesn't hit real well against left-handed pitchers. We also know that Hamilton has said that he doesn't feel comfortable hitting in day games, and the numbers reflect he struggles in the day time.
What happens when you combine the two?
Bored with the game this afternoon, I went through every left-handed pitcher Hamilton has faced in his career, and looked at whether each game against each lefty pitcher was a day game or a night game.
The results? Against lefties in the day time, he's 20 for 123 with 40 strikeouts and 6 walks. That's a .162 batting average and a .201 OBP.
We know that Hamilton needs to sit regularly. We know that there are questions about whether or not his body can hold up playing 150 games a year.
Given that, why not sit him every time you've got a day game against a lefthanded starting pitcher?