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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
Yan Gomes David Price
358
34.1%
6.152
1.051
C
Salvador Perez Mike Montgomery
482
26.3%
6.271
1.486
C
Carlos Ruiz CC Sabathia
462
24.9%
5.942
1.190
C
Derek Norris Madison Bumgarner
491
39.2%
6.711
2.180
C
Jonathan Lucroy Jonathan Niese
493
22.6%
7.003
1.824
2B
Jose Altuve C.J. Wilson
674
26.8%
5.586
1.437
2B
Danny Espinosa Alex Wood
531
25.6%
5.744
1.370
2B
Elian Herrera Jonathan Niese
138
29.4%
4.837
1.200
3B
Aramis Ramirez Jonathan Niese
525
22.3%
7.686
1.893
3B
Will Middlebrooks Madison Bumgarner
336
29.9%
5.692
1.151
3B
Elian Herrera Jonathan Niese
138
29.4%
4.837
1.200
OF
Matt Kemp Madison Bumgarner
606
26.0%
7.921
1.509
OF
Ryan Braun Jonathan Niese
596
24.8%
8.456
1.551
OF
Justin Upton Madison Bumgarner
701
24.3%
7.511
1.339
OF
Jayson Werth Alex Wood
528
23.2%
6.941
1.165
OF
Marlon Byrd Jeff Locke
565
27.6%
6.062
0.993

Extreme Platoon Splits for Batters Facing RHP

Pos.
Name Opposing Pitcher
PA
%
FD/10PA
+/- Diff
C
Alex Avila Danny Salazar
1423
75.1%
6.117
2.383
C
Nick Hundley Chase Anderson
1027
75.0%
5.090
2.378
C
Jarrod Saltalamacchia Kyle Kendrick
1393
76.5%
6.009
1.852
C
Miguel Montero Zack Greinke
1797
76.2%
5.893
1.679
C
Travis d’Arnaud Mike Fiers
471
77.2%
5.159
1.364
C
Yasmani Grandal Jason Hammel
747
76.3%
6.195
1.303
1B
Ike Davis Chi Chi Gonzalez
1316
79.2%
6.322
3.584
1B
Justin Morneau Chase Anderson
1501
69.9%
6.352
3.229
1B
Matt Adams Jose Urena
897
79.7%
6.067
2.552
1B
Lucas Duda Mike Fiers
1552
74.9%
6.542
2.248
1B
Adam LaRoche Mike Pelfrey
1666
73.9%
6.402
2.157
1B
Pedro Alvarez Johnny Cueto
1679
78.8%
5.966
2.144
1B
Freddie Freeman Stephen Strasburg?
1934
67.3%
7.051
1.871
1B
Mitch Moreland Jesse Chavez
1349
76.3%
5.852
1.847
1B
Adrian Gonzalez Jason Hammel
2063
69.0%
7.078
1.486
1B
James Loney R.A. Dickey
1800
74.6%
4.958
1.255
1B
Brandon Belt Odrisamer Despaigne
1296
74.5%
6.078
1.208
1B
Logan Morrison Jeremy Guthrie
1348
73.5%
5.490
1.179
1B
Chris Davis Joe Kelly
1614
71.8%
7.088
1.023
2B
Neil Walker Johnny Cueto
2000
78.0%
5.924
2.096
2B
Robinson Cano Jeremy Guthrie
1932
64.2%
7.246
2.012
2B
Stephen Drew Sean O’Sullivan
1235
71.8%
5.277
1.662
2B
Chris Owings Kyle Kendrick
490
77.2%
4.403
1.627
2B
Daniel Murphy Mike Fiers
1873
72.3%
5.432
1.428
2B
Rougned Odor Jesse Chavez
372
69.4%
4.698
1.085
2B
Dee Gordon Carlos Martinez
1204
74.1%
4.296
0.899
3B
Conor Gillaspie Mike Pelfrey
961
83.6%
5.073
2.480
3B
Justin Turner Jason Hammel
915
66.1%
5.945
1.578
3B
Daniel Murphy Mike Fiers
1873
72.3%
5.432
1.428
3B
Kyle Seager Jeremy Guthrie
1643
66.3%
5.762
1.089
SS
Didi Gregorius Sean O’Sullivan
721
75.9%
4.872
2.525
SS
Brad Miller Jeremy Guthrie
719
73.6%
5.299
2.227
SS
Wilmer Flores Mike Fiers
480
77.0%
4.859
1.678
SS
Jimmy Rollins Jason Hammel
2097
73.0%
5.188
1.302
OF
David Peralta Kyle Kendrick
434
79.5%
6.141
3.841
OF
David DeJesus R.A. Dickey
1658
83.8%
5.549
3.111
OF
Shin-Soo Choo Jesse Chavez
1721
67.0%
6.576
2.992
OF
Andre Ethier Jason Hammel
1694
73.0%
6.343
2.892
OF
Gregory Polanco Johnny Cueto
439
77.7%
5.245
2.646
OF
Kevin Kiermaier R.A. Dickey
468
78.8%
5.433
2.556
OF
Anthony Gose Danny Salazar
681
81.3%
4.391
2.448
OF
Carlos Gonzalez Chase Anderson
1411
67.3%
7.679
2.409
OF
Corey Dickerson Chase Anderson
657
79.7%
7.256
2.391
OF
Chris Coghlan Zack Greinke
1017
79.7%
4.978
1.966
OF
Seth Smith Jeremy Guthrie
1771
83.5%
5.868
1.754
OF
Josh Reddick Chi Chi Gonzalez
1456
70.8%
6.257
1.652
OF
Ender Inciarte Kyle Kendrick
497
69.6%
4.673
1.516
OF
Jason Heyward Jose Urena
1729
70.7%
5.882
1.454
OF
Matt Joyce Collin McHugh
1857
85.5%
5.711
1.443
OF
Leonys Martin Jesse Chavez
995
71.7%
4.802
1.415
OF
Nick Markakis Stephen Strasburg?
2020
69.7%
5.271
1.163
OF
Jacoby Ellsbury Sean O’Sullivan
1675
67.1%
6.137
1.122
OF
Christian Yelich Carlos Martinez
834
72.6%
5.231
1.059

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