But it’s worked out almost strictly as a lefty-righty platoon.
The irony is, La Stella, batting .270 overall with a .347 on-base percentage, has actually hit better in the majors against lefties than against righties, albeit it far fewer opportunities. Before Friday, La Stella had a .340 average (18-for-53) against lefties with six extra-base hits, a .426 OBP and .472 slugging percentage.
Against righties, La Stella was 51-for-203 (.251) with nine extra-base hits, a .326 OBP and .325 slugging percentage.
Gosselin was batting .293 (12-for-41) with two extra-base hits, no walks, eight strikeouts and a .293 OBP since arriving from Triple-A, initially penciled in for a utility role but lately almost exclusively a second baseman. Before Friday he was 7-for-25 (.280) against lefties and 5-for-16 (.313) two extra-base hits and a .563 slugging percentage against righties.
Since he began getting regular playing time, Gosselin 8-for-22 in five starts with a double, a home run, six runs and two RBis. The Braves see him as a potential “super utility” type player for the future, and he moved to left field late in Thursday’s 8-0 win.
Veteran Emilio Bonifacio has been the Braves’ super-utility type since coming from the Cubs in a July 31 trade.
Before he began sharing the second-base duties with Gosselin, La Stella started 65 of 68 games after arriving from Triple-A Gwinnett on May 28.
After batting .297 with a a .371 OBP in his first 46 major league games through July 20, La Stella hit .220 with a .304 OBP in his past 26 games, and was 2-for-23 with one RBI in his past eight games (six starts) before Friday.
“I’m just trying to get them playing time, because I think they both deserve to get playing time,” Gonzalez said of the two rookies. “Which, I think it’s a good problem to have. They make contact, have good at-bats. Yesterday with Gosselin, just laying the bunt down and all of a sudden it’s (runners on) first and second, the line moves.”