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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 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 J.A. Happ
505
31.4%
6.609
1.844
C
Buster Posey Chris Rusin
651
28.6%
7.531
1.625
C
Salvador Perez Scott Kazmir
486
26.4%
6.224
1.431
C
Geovany Soto Kyle Ryan
345
28.4%
5.891
1.307
C
Carlos Ruiz Gio Gonzalez
462
24.9%
5.942
1.190
C
Robinson Chirinos Matt Boyd
176
29.2%
5.568
0.914
2B
Logan Forsythe Wade Miley
496
35.9%
5.570
1.865
2B
Danny Espinosa Adam Morgan
534
25.7%
5.716
1.339
2B
Joe Panik Chris Rusin
154
26.4%
5.536
0.891
3B
Evan Longoria Wade Miley
681
26.5%
7.570
1.745
3B
David Freese J.A. Happ
533
23.8%
6.492
1.403
3B
Martin Prado Clayton Kershaw
752
27.0%
5.858
1.265
SS
Jose Iglesias John Danks
220
32.1%
4.830
1.324
OF
Rajai Davis John Danks
602
32.6%
6.287
2.364
OF
Giancarlo Stanton Clayton Kershaw
593
23.3%
8.710
1.580
OF
Chris Young Brett Oberholtzer
626
32.5%
6.222
1.362
OF
Marcell Ozuna Clayton Kershaw
243
20.5%
6.121
1.195
OF
Jayson Werth Adam Morgan
528
23.2%
6.941
1.165

Extreme Platoon Splits for Batters Facing RHP

Pos.
Name Opposing Pitcher
PA
%
FD/10PA
+/- Diff
C
Nick Hundley Tim Lincecum
1031
75.1%
5.082
2.370
C
Jason Castro Masahiro Tanaka
1137
76.4%
5.565
1.918
C
J. Saltalamacchia Andrew Cashner
1393
76.5%
6.009
1.852
C
Miguel Montero Michael Wacha
1801
76.3%
5.881
1.667
C
Travis d’Arnaud Michael Lorenzen
471
77.2%
5.159
1.364
C
Yasmani Grandal Tom Koehler
752
76.4%
6.154
1.261
C
Brayan Pena Matt Harvey
873
68.6%
3.992
1.154
1B
Ike Davis Chris Young
1319
79.2%
6.334
3.611
1B
Justin Morneau Tim Lincecum
1501
69.9%
6.352
3.229
1B
Adam Lind Kyle Gibson
1571
78.9%
6.499
3.059
1B
Matt Adams Donn Roach
897
79.7%
6.067
2.552
1B
Lucas Duda Michael Lorenzen
1555
74.9%
6.532
2.252
1B
Pedro Alvarez Julio Teheran
1683
78.8%
5.979
2.157
1B
Freddie Freeman Charlie Morton
1934
67.3%
7.051
1.871
1B
Adrian Gonzalez Tom Koehler
2069
69.1%
7.069
1.494
1B
Logan Morrison Garrett Richards
1357
73.6%
5.508
1.198
1B
Chris Davis Cody Anderson
1617
71.8%
7.092
1.041
2B
Neil Walker Julio Teheran
2004
78.0%
5.924
2.097
2B
Robinson Cano Garrett Richards
1941
64.3%
7.257
2.022
2B
Jason Kipnis Chris Tillman
1538
65.3%
6.081
1.716
2B
Chris Owings Andrew Cashner
491
77.2%
4.389
1.613
2B
Daniel Murphy Michael Lorenzen
1873
72.3%
5.432
1.428
3B
Pablo Sandoval Matt Andriese
1698
71.6%
6.338
2.498
3B
Justin Turner Tom Koehler
918
66.0%
5.931
1.593
3B
Daniel Murphy Michael Lorenzen
1873
72.3%
5.432
1.428
3B
Kyle Seager Garrett Richards
1650
66.4%
5.748
1.075
3B
Luis Valbuena Masahiro Tanaka
1254
80.7%
5.277
0.963
SS
Brad Miller Garrett Richards
726
73.8%
5.255
2.183
SS
Wilmer Flores Michael Lorenzen
484
77.2%
4.871
1.689
SS
Jimmy Rollins Tom Koehler
2101
73.0%
5.174
1.287
SS
Alexi Amarista Jeremy Hellickson
1146
81.5%
3.942
1.067
SS
Marwin Gonzalez Masahiro Tanaka
724
78.8%
4.050
0.781
OF
David Peralta Andrew Cashner
438
79.6%
6.170
3.871
OF
Andre Ethier Tom Koehler
1699
73.1%
6.324
2.874
OF
Gregory Polanco Julio Teheran
444
77.9%
5.310
2.710
OF
Carlos Gonzalez Tim Lincecum
1411
67.3%
7.679
2.409
OF
Corey Dickerson Tim Lincecum
657
79.7%
7.256
2.391
OF
Chris Coghlan Michael Wacha
1020
79.6%
4.978
2.009
OF
David Murphy Chris Tillman
1645
80.1%
5.533
1.894
OF
Seth Smith Garrett Richards
1778
83.6%
5.873
1.759
OF
Josh Reddick Chris Young
1459
70.8%
6.239
1.637
OF
Ender Inciarte Andrew Cashner
497
69.6%
4.673
1.516
OF
Jason Heyward Donn Roach
1732
70.7%
5.904
1.485
OF
Gerardo Parra Kyle Gibson
1834
76.8%
5.085
1.481
OF
Brandon Moss Chris Tillman
1296
78.5%
6.968
1.364
OF
Colby Rasmus Masahiro Tanaka
1576
72.0%
5.950
1.337
OF
Alejandro De Aza Matt Andriese
1673
79.1%
5.323
1.188
OF
Michael Brantley Chris Tillman
1758
66.1%
5.843
1.179
OF
Nick Markakis Charlie Morton
2023
69.7%
5.272
1.157

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