Left-handed pitchers have had a tough time against certain hitters this season.
Two of those hitters belong to the St. Louis Cardinals, and both of them have done their fair share of damage against lefties over the past few games.
Albert Pujols also got a base hit off of Freeland, just a game after hitting two home runs against the Milwaukee Brewers, both of which came against left-handers.
In fact, according to MLB Network, Goldschmidt and Pujols rank first and fourth, respectively in OPS against lefties this season.
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The Cards Vs. Lefties
If you’re a left-handed pitcher, you may want to stay away from the Cardinals.
Goldschmidt and Pujols both have torn apart left-handed pitching this season.
While Goldschmidt has been in the lineup almost every day, the Cardinals have been very selective about how they’ve used Pujols, giving him the bulk of his opportunities specifically when there’s a left-handed pitcher on the mound.
Pujols has certainly made the most of his opportunities, while Goldschmidt continues to tear up lefties himself.
What’s most impressive about this list of OPS leaders against lefties is that Pujols actually ranks higher than his former teammate Mike Trout, and Aaron Judge, who is the overwhelming favorite to win the American League MVP award.
The Cardinals simply have two sluggers who do a ton of damage against left-handed pitchers.
If you’re a left-handed pitcher in the game today, the Cardinals are one of the last teams you want to face, simply because they’ll throw two guys in who mash lefties.