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Daily Fantasy Baseball requires a completely different approach from traditional season-long leagues. You might consider platoon splits occasional in a season-long league maybe to just gauge a particular player’s playing time.

In Daily Fantasy Baseball using platoon splits to your advantage is probably the most important tool you can use in choosing hitters for your lineups. Since the salary cap games that dominate Daily Fantasy use overall stats to calculate each player’s salary, a daily player can gain value by targeting players who excel against a pitcher of a given hand.

I explain the advantages in more detail in the post, 50 Hitters to Use Against Left-Handed Pitchers, but if you know baseball at all, I’m sure you get the gist.

Extreme Platoon Splits

The following table identifies those hitters that had the most extreme platoon splits both in 2014 and over the last five years. While there’s plenty of debate about just how much difference there really is in the platoon splits between two same-handed players, knowing this information can only help. The table below uses the FanDuel scoring system to figure out how many points each hitter averaged per 10 plate appearances vs. right-handed pitchers and then subtracted their points against left-handed pitchers. The larger the number the more extreme the split and theoretically the more value a player offers against right-handed pitching.

A couple of caveats:

  1. The numbers below do not include points awarded for stolen bases. Finding stolen base totals against lefties/righties is very scarce, especially in bulk. But, honestly I’m not sure I want those numbers anyway. Most Daily Fantasy Baseball players are going to think twice about using a speed only guy against a left-handed pitcher. So looking at only the batting portion of the scoring seems to make the most sense. If a speedster appears on this list, then the SB advantahe is just another reason to roster them.
  2. Just because I suggest that these players have more value against right-handed pitching does not mean you can’t ever use them against left-handed pitching. Players like Robinson Cano may offer more value against righties, but they still score well against left-handed pitching as well. The quality of the opposing pitcher can negate any platoon dis-advantage. I will say that with this list being dominated by left-handed hitters, there are very few I would consider using against left-handed pitchers.

Here’s an explanation of each column below:

Column 1 & Column 2: Really? You don’t need me to explain these.

Columns 3 – 6: Data for the years 2010 – 2014

  • Column 3: Plate Appearances vs. right-handed pitchers
  • Column 4: Percentage of at-bats against right-handed pitchers
  • Column 5: FanDuel points per every 10 plate appearances vs. right-handed pitchers
  • Column 6: FanDuel points per 10 PAs vs. RHP minus FanDuel Points per 10 PAs vs. LHP

Columns 7 – 10: Same data as above, only for the 2014 season

Last 5 Yrs. vs. RHP
2014 vs. RHP
Pos.
Name
PA
%
FD/10PA
+/- Diff
PA
%
FD/10PA
+/- Diff
C
John Jaso
1426
87.4%
4.83
2.46
317
92.2%
4.78
1.45
C
Jason Castro
1175
77.6%
4.54
1.91
386
75.4%
3.99
0.93
C
Alex Avila
1661
77.1%
5.02
1.86
341
74.6%
4.46
1.58
C
J. Saltalamacchia
1338
75.6%
5.22
1.80
339
77.9%
4.29
1.30
C
Miguel Montero
1862
74.7%
5.12
1.47
445
79.5%
4.51
1.23
C
Nick Hundley
1107
74.7%
4.24
1.46
195
83.7%
3.44
1.40
C
Yasmani Grandal
347
78.3%
5.14
2.70
571
73.5%
5.00
0.62
C
Brayan Pena
867
69.1%
3.43
1.08
291
78.2%
3.28
1.62
C
Jose Lobaton
524
67.4%
3.51
0.86
167
72.6%
2.74
1.43
1B
Adam Lind
1820
77.5%
5.67
3.34
281
88.4%
5.89
6.36
1B
Justin Morneau
1632
68.3%
5.92
2.64
411
74.7%
6.08
2.28
1B
Lucas Duda
1409
75.0%
5.84
2.64
471
79.0%
6.81
4.39
1B
Matt Adams
770
79.1%
5.45
2.34
433
76.9%
5.14
2.34
1B
Ike Davis
1663
77.8%
5.44
2.33
392
91.8%
4.93
5.29
1B
Garrett Jones
2155
81.8%
5.13
2.28
474
86.7%
4.49
2.74
1B
Brandon Moss
1161
82.1%
6.23
1.47
479
82.6%
5.35
0.40
1B
Eric Hosmer
1635
68.5%
4.76
1.36
389
71.1%
4.07
0.61
1B
Joe Mauer
1682
65.1%
5.21
1.31
332
64.1%
4.33
0.94
1B
Freddie Freeman
1744
66.7%
5.79
1.30
496
70.1%
5.45
0.95
1B
Adam LaRoche
1889
72.2%
5.61
1.28
431
73.5%
6.49
2.89
1B
James Loney
2171
73.8%
4.31
1.26
470
72.2%
4.12
1.30
1B
Adrian Gonzalez
2296
67.7%
6.10
1.01
484
73.3%
6.42
2.54
2B
Scooter Gennett
621
88.2%
4.92
5.41
432
91.1%
4.64
5.30
2B
Wilmer Flores
274
73.1%
4.21
3.17
208
75.9%
4.35
3.29
2B
Jonathan Schoop
353
71.2%
3.73
1.72
341
70.9%
3.70
1.77
2B
Neil Walker
2134
76.7%
5.14
1.72
451
79.0%
5.72
2.16
2B
Rougned Odor
298
71.5%
4.36
1.63
298
71.5%
4.36
1.63
2B
Robinson Cano
2175
63.6%
6.49
1.56
412
62.0%
5.52
1.41
2B
Jason Kipnis
1347
66.2%
4.63
1.17
374
67.4%
3.67
1.92
2B
Stephen Drew
1506
71.2%
4.51
0.96
233
77.7%
3.42
2.75
3B
Juan Francisco
920
86.3%
5.36
3.96
271
84.7%
5.74
4.00
3B
Conor Gillaspie
816
81.7%
4.38
2.21
397
78.5%
4.66
2.11
3B
Pablo Sandoval
1983
72.2%
5.29
2.01
433
67.9%
4.88
2.01
3B
Pedro Alvarez
1735
75.7%
5.47
1.86
358
80.4%
5.03
2.10
3B
Kyle Seager
1433
65.1%
5.08
1.29
417
63.8%
6.18
2.65
3B
Mike Moustakas
1490
74.8%
3.99
1.14
392
78.4%
3.86
1.04
3B
Brett Lawrie
1070
74.8%
4.59
0.73
218
77.3%
5.02
1.62
SS
Wilmer Flores
274
73.1%
4.21
3.17
208
75.9%
4.35
3.29
SS
Didi Gregorius
544
75.1%
4.15
2.66
241
80.6%
3.97
2.59
SS
Alexi Amarista
982
80.6%
3.23
1.46
352
75.5%
3.28
2.23
SS
Brad Miller
532
71.3%
4.21
1.35
306
74.5%
3.82
1.20
SS
Jimmy Rollins
2143
71.5%
4.18
0.99
438
71.9%
4.25
0.69
SS
Stephen Drew
1506
71.2%
4.51
0.96
233
77.7%
3.42
2.75
OF
David Peralta
267
76.7%
5.11
3.41
267
76.7%
5.11
3.41
OF
Shin-Soo Choo
1972
67.3%
5.81
2.82
368
69.6%
4.12
0.69
OF
Kevin Kiermaier
285
78.3%
4.97
2.79
285
78.3%
4.97
2.79
OF
Andre Ethier
1908
71.0%
5.58
2.55
329
86.6%
4.03
1.63
OF
Oswaldo Arcia
529
67.1%
5.60
2.38
268
65.4%
6.22
3.14
OF
Corey Dickerson
553
80.0%
6.25
2.21
380
79.5%
6.97
2.38
OF
Seth Smith
1911
83.0%
5.13
2.16
455
87.3%
4.75
0.13
OF
Nate Schierholtz
1440
81.4%
4.39
2.15
313
81.7%
2.88
0.59
OF
Grady Sizemore
581
71.2%
4.09
2.10
278
73.0%
3.65
1.71
OF
Daniel Nava
1112
76.7%
4.85
1.97
341
83.6%
4.19
3.34
OF
Anthony Gose
483
78.4%
3.19
1.82
218
79.6%
2.89
1.86
OF
Gregory Polanco
221
70.8%
4.12
1.81
221
70.8%
4.12
1.81
OF
Jordan Schafer
975
81.0%
3.08
1.78
183
76.3%
2.92
1.43
OF
Matt Joyce
1893
85.3%
5.21
1.73
458
92.9%
4.35
1.56
OF
Jason Heyward
1962
69.6%
5.18
1.60
490
75.5%
4.55
2.38
OF
Brandon Moss
1161
82.1%
6.23
1.47
479
82.6%
5.35
0.40
OF
Carlos Gonzalez
1614
65.2%
6.79
1.42
191
68.0%
5.18
1.57
OF
Chris Colabello
270
67.3%
4.58
1.34
143
65.0%
4.86
1.09
OF
Michael Brantley
1862
68.5%
4.61
1.30
443
65.5%
6.04
1.09
OF
Chris Coghlan
1108
76.5%
3.88
1.30
327
75.7%
4.76
0.83
OF
Leonys Martin
851
73.9%
3.73
1.29
435
74.6%
3.51
1.32
OF
Domonic Brown
1165
75.5%
4.81
1.26
401
78.3%
3.77
0.96
OF
Jarrod Dyson
775
79.3%
3.11
1.23
233
80.3%
2.97
0.30
OF
Colby Rasmus
1833
72.8%
5.13
1.12
277
73.7%
4.86
0.66
OF
Ender Inciarte
307
68.7%
3.22
0.95
307
68.7%
3.22
0.95
OF
Gerardo Parra
1975
77.4%
3.83
0.95
462
80.5%
3.34
0.78
OF
Alejandro De Aza
1570
78.9%
4.22
0.93
433
82.0%
4.15
3.17

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