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The premise of this article is simple. Some hitters do much better against left-handed pitchers and some against right-handed pitchers. These hitters are said to have platoon advantages when they face those pitchers.

Also check out today’s Daily Fantasy Baseball picks for FanDuel.

Since Daily Fantasy Baseball gaming sites calculate their player salaries largely based on overall statistics, the players with extreme platoon splits carry extra value on those days.

Each day I’ll list the players with the most extreme platoon splits for that day’s games. This should give you a starting point in building your Daily Fantasy Baseball Lineups.

If you understand the concept and want to skip further explanation, feel free to skip down to the lists.

How Do I Identify Players With Extreme Platoon Splits?

The pool of players I draw from to build these lists come from two resources I’ve created:

To be honest, I’m not sure how many hitters are on each list. It started out as 70 and 50, but they’ve changed as I have updated the stats.

You can learn more about the process in the two links above, but what I basically did was compute the FanDuel points per 10 plate appearances against LHP and against RHP from the 2011 season through yesterday’s games. I only used players with at least 100 plate appearances or more against pitchers of each hand.

I then compared how many points hitters scored against RHP to those they scored against LHP. Hitters who scored better against lefties had a platoon advantage when they faced a left-handed pitcher and vice-versa.

In order to make the cut a player had to score at least one point more against a pitcher of a certain hand. One point over just 10 plate appearances is actually a pretty big deal.

How Important Are Extreme Platoon Splits?

Exploiting platoon splits should be one of your most important tools in selecting hitters for your DFS lineups. The gaming sites primarily use overall stats to create player salaries, so when a player has extremely different results when facing a pitcher of a given hand, that can provide us with extra value.

Are these players only useful when they have the platoon advantage? Definitely not. Players like Josh Donaldson and Paul Goldschmidt have more value against left-handed pitchers, but they’re also pretty nice options against lesser right-handed pitchers.

This list is not an end-all be-all. Instead it’s a starting point, that provides you with some names to take into consideration. I’ll try to post the platoon advantages every day, but on Sundays and days with just a few games that might not happen.

If you have a suggestion about how these could be more useful, please let me know in the comments. Likewise if you see a mistake (there are a lot of moving parts) please let me know as well.

About the Tables

Pos, Name, and Opposing Pitcher are hopefully self-explanatory. PA is the total plate appearances vs. lefties or righties from 2011 season to present. The % is the percentage of plate appearances for each player that have come against pitchers of the given hand.  A higher number likely means more of their salary is based on that sample. FD/10PA is the number of FanDuel points that hitter has scored for every 10 plate appearances since the 2011 season. The +/-Diff is the numer of points more per 10 PA they scored against pitchers of the given hand.

Extreme Platoon Splits for Batters Facing LHP

Pos.
Name Opposing Pitcher
PA
%
FD/10PA
+/- Diff
C
Chris Iannetta CC Sabathia
506
31.2%
6.616
1.878
1B
Steve Pearce Wandy Rodriguez
392
40.1%
6.550
1.456
2B
Steve Pearce Wandy Rodriguez
392
40.1%
6.550
1.456
3B
David Freese CC Sabathia
537
23.9%
6.513
1.439
OF
Chris Young C.J. Wilson
636
32.6%
6.344
1.455
OF
Steve Pearce Wandy Rodriguez
392
40.1%
6.550
1.456

Extreme Platoon Splits for Batters Facing RHP

Pos.
Name Opposing Pitcher PA
%
FD/10PA
+/- Diff
C
Nick Hundley Kendall Graveman 1041
75.1%
5.115
2.427
C
Jason Castro Joe Blanton 1147
76.3%
5.506
1.910
C
Jarrod Saltalamacchia Mike Bolsonger 1402
76.6%
5.995
1.824
C
Brayan Pena Mike Pelfrey 886
68.8%
3.981
1.152
1B
Ike Davis David Hale 1334
79.4%
6.289
3.566
1B
Justin Morneau Kendall Graveman 1501
69.9%
6.352
3.229
1B
Adam Lind Sean O’Sullivan 1585
78.9%
6.546
3.146
1B
Eric Hosmer Lance McCullers 1820
67.6%
5.867
1.731
1B
Mitch Moreland Bud Norris 1364
76.0%
5.832
1.716
1B
Ryan Howard Jimmy Nelson 1547
71.1%
6.367
1.606
1B
James Loney Cody Anderson 1800
74.6%
4.958
1.255
2B
Jason Kipnis Nathan Karns 1549
65.2%
6.035
1.662
2B
Chris Owings Mike Bolsonger 504
77.4%
4.365
1.576
2B
Chase Utley Jimmy Nelson 1542
68.2%
5.866
1.280
2B
Rougned Odor Bud Norris 390
69.3%
4.795
0.720
3B
Pablo Sandoval R.A. Dickey 1713
71.6%
6.325
2.503
3B
Mike Moustakas Lance McCullers 1675
73.3%
4.872
1.193
3B
Luis Valbuena Joe Blanton 1269
80.7%
5.223
0.856
SS
Marwin Gonzalez Joe Blanton 726
78.7%
4.032
0.758
OF
David Peralta Mike Bolsonger 455
79.8%
6.258
3.976
OF
David DeJesus Cody Anderson 1676
83.8%
5.498
3.121
OF
Shin-Soo Choo Bud Norris 1730
66.9%
6.549
3.021
OF
Kevin Kiermaier Cody Anderson 485
78.9%
5.407
2.407
OF
Corey Dickerson Kendall Graveman 657
79.7%
7.256
2.391
OF
Carlos Gonzalez Kendall Graveman 1420
67.3%
7.678
2.385
OF
David Murphy Nathan Karns 1655
80.1%
5.529
1.888
OF
Josh Reddick David Hale 1474
70.9%
6.191
1.547
OF
Ender Inciarte Mike Bolsonger 497
69.6%
4.673
1.516
OF
Gerardo Parra Sean O’Sullivan 1850
76.9%
5.096
1.515
OF
Colby Rasmus Joe Blanton 1584
71.9%
5.945
1.369
OF
Leonys Martin Bud Norris 1009
71.7%
4.700
1.361
OF
Grady Sizemore Jimmy Nelson 594
75.7%
4.571
1.325
OF
Alejandro De Aza R.A. Dickey 1688
79.1%
5.422
1.304
OF
Michael Brantley Nathan Karns 1768
66.0%
5.841
1.198
OF
Brandon Moss Nathan Karns 1307
78.4%
6.924
1.162

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