Hitting a top prospect for an experienced veteran can be a slippery slope for a manager. However, Farrell indicated that it could happen once the games start to intensify.
"Well, last night was what it was," said Farrell. "Going forward, when there's maybe more of a sense of urgency with postseason situations, I'm sure that's something that Stephen and I will talk to well in advance when that situation may come up again. I'm well aware of what Stephen is doing against left-handed pitching, but there might be a time for that."
Drew is dramatically better against righties (.278 average, .852 OPS) than against southpaws (.183 average, .568 OPS).
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