"When you get switch-hitters," Indians hitting coach Ty Van Burkleo said, "you have two different guys."
Entering Friday's game against the Giants, Cabrera was hitting just .156 (7-for-45) with a .469 OPS from the left side against right-handed pitchers, but had a strong .343 (12-for-35) average and a .978 OPS batting right-handed against lefties.
Overall, Cabrera had a .238/.315/.375 slash line with one home run, eight extra-base hits, seven RBIs and 12 runs through 22 games played for Cleveland.
"I think early in the season, he really wasn't feeling that good left-handed," Van Burkleo said. "His timing was off. He was getting started a little late, but he was feeling it pretty good right-handed. Right-handed, he really has been pretty solid all year. He's had a good feel for it, where left-handed he just went thorugh a little spell where he was in a little slump.
"It's been getting much better left-handed. Probably the last three or four games, he's been getting on time, getting into a good position. He's had a lot of hard luck, too. ... Right now, I'm pleased with him on both sides of the plate."
Van Burkleo said one key for Cabrera is getting his hands into a good hitting position.
"It's just getting in a good firing position on time," Van Burkleo explained. "When he's late, his hands usually leak forward early and he ends up trying to play catch up. When he gets in a good position, his hands stay back. He keeps his hands back and he's in a good separated position where he can use the lower half corrected and everything syncs up."
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