HOUSTON -- Kevin Frandsen has been a hitting machine for the Phillies, who need his bat from the right side, since the Phillies traded away right-handed-hitting outfielders Hunter Pence and Shane Victorino this summer.
The third baseman entered Saturday hitting .341. His 37 hits in August tied for third most in the National League. He had two of the Phillies' 16 hits on Friday.
But Frandsen is especially tough on left-handed pitchers. He's hitting .417 (15-for-36) against left-handed pitching this season, including .579 (11-for-19) since Aug. 19.
"It's one of those things where you go out, have a good at-bat no matter whether it's left-handed or right-handed," said Frandsen. "Maybe you have more success against a left-hander here or there but I've faced a lot more righties than I have lefties."