Javier Lopez, LHP
After lefties hit .293 against him in 2007, Lopez was far steadier in his role last season, lowering his average against lefties to .182. He did walk 19 batters in 131 plate appearances, just shy of the 20 hits he allowed. That will be one area to watch for Lopez, though he did improve his numbers in just about every other area against lefties last season.
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