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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
Derek Norris Mike Montgomery
494
39.3%
6.655
2.100
C
Jonathan Lucroy Cole Hamels
497
22.7%
6.927
1.752
C
Josh Phegley Jorge De La Rosa
106
30.2%
5.189
1.505
C
Salvador Perez Dallas Keuchel
486
26.4%
6.224
1.431
2B
Jose Altuve Danny Duffy
680
26.9%
5.533
1.362
2B
Elian Herrera Cole Hamels
138
29.4%
4.837
1.200
3B
Josh Donaldson Eduardo Rodriguez
530
26.8%
8.396
2.708
3B
Aramis Ramirez Cole Hamels
529
22.5%
7.656
1.864
3B
Will Middlebrooks Mike Montgomery
339
30.0%
5.752
1.221
3B
Elian Herrera Cole Hamels
138
29.4%
4.837
1.200
OF
Ryan Braun Cole Hamels
599
24.8%
8.460
1.560
OF
Matt Kemp Mike Montgomery
609
26.1%
7.869
1.457
OF
Chris Young Andrew Heaney
626
32.5%
6.222
1.362
OF
Justin Upton Mike Montgomery
704
24.4%
7.468
1.298

Extreme Platoon Splits for Batters Facing RHP

Pos.
Name Opposing Pitcher
PA
%
FD/10PA
+/- Diff
C
Brayan Pena Phil Hughes
873
68.6%
3.992
1.154
C
Yasmani Grandal Rubby De La Rosa
752
76.4%
6.154
1.261
C
Travis d’Arnaud Kyle Hendricks
471
77.2%
5.159
1.364
C
J. Saltalamacchia Carlos Frias
1393
76.5%
6.009
1.852
C
Nick Hundley Sonny Gray
1031
75.1%
5.082
2.370
C
Alex Avila Gerrit Cole
1423
75.1%
6.117
2.383
1B
Chris Davis Colby Lewis
1617
71.8%
7.092
1.041
1B
Brandon Belt Mat Latos
1301
74.6%
6.065
1.194
1B
Logan Morrison Ian Kennedy
1357
73.6%
5.508
1.198
1B
James Loney Danny Salazar
1800
74.6%
4.958
1.255
1B
Adrian Gonzalez Rubby De La Rosa
2069
69.1%
7.069
1.494
1B
Ryan Howard Taylor Jungmann
1535
70.9%
6.384
1.623
1B
Mitch Moreland Miguel Gonzalez
1352
76.2%
5.834
1.829
1B
Freddie Freeman Jordan Zimmermann
1934
67.3%
7.051
1.871
1B
Adam LaRoche Lance Lynn
1671
73.8%
6.396
2.100
1B
Pedro Alvarez Justin Verlander
1683
78.8%
5.979
2.157
1B
Lucas Duda Kyle Hendricks
1555
74.9%
6.532
2.252
1B
Justin Morneau Sonny Gray
1501
69.9%
6.352
3.229
2B
Dee Gordon Ryan Vogelsong
1209
74.2%
4.287
0.890
2B
Rougned Odor Miguel Gonzalez
376
69.5%
4.907
1.255
2B
Chase Utley Taylor Jungmann
1542
68.2%
5.866
1.280
2B
Daniel Murphy Kyle Hendricks
1873
72.3%
5.432
1.428
2B
Chris Owings Carlos Frias
491
77.2%
4.389
1.613
2B
Jason Kipnis Erasmo Ramirez
1538
65.3%
6.081
1.716
2B
Robinson Cano Ian Kennedy
1941
64.3%
7.257
2.022
2B
Neil Walker Justin Verlander
2004
78.0%
5.924
2.097
3B
Kyle Seager Ian Kennedy
1650
66.4%
5.748
1.075
3B
Daniel Murphy Kyle Hendricks
1873
72.3%
5.432
1.428
3B
Justin Turner Rubby De La Rosa
918
66.0%
5.931
1.593
3B
Conor Gillaspie Lance Lynn
964
83.6%
5.083
2.490
3B
Pablo Sandoval Marco Estrada
1698
71.6%
6.338
2.498
SS
Jimmy Rollins Rubby De La Rosa
2101
73.0%
5.174
1.287
SS
Wilmer Flores Kyle Hendricks
484
77.2%
4.871
1.689
SS
Brad Miller Ian Kennedy
726
73.8%
5.255
2.183
OF
Christian Yelich Ryan Vogelsong
837
72.7%
5.245
1.094
OF
Nick Markakis Jordan Zimmermann
2023
69.7%
5.272
1.157
OF
Michael Brantley Erasmo Ramirez
1758
66.1%
5.843
1.179
OF
Alejandro De Aza Marco Estrada
1673
79.1%
5.323
1.188
OF
Denard Span Shelby Miller
1748
71.7%
5.043
1.193
OF
Grady Sizemore Taylor Jungmann
589
75.5%
4.533
1.287
OF
Brandon Moss Erasmo Ramirez
1296
78.5%
6.968
1.364
OF
Leonys Martin Miguel Gonzalez
999
71.8%
4.772
1.386
OF
Matt Joyce Ivan Nova
1861
85.5%
5.693
1.407
OF
Bryce Harper Shelby Miller
1220
68.7%
7.143
1.491
OF
Ender Inciarte Carlos Frias
497
69.6%
4.673
1.516
OF
Seth Smith Ian Kennedy
1778
83.6%
5.873
1.759
OF
David Murphy Erasmo Ramirez
1645
80.1%
5.533
1.894
OF
Corey Dickerson Sonny Gray
657
79.7%
7.256
2.391
OF
Carlos Gonzalez Sonny Gray
1411
67.3%
7.679
2.409
OF
Anthony Gose Gerrit Cole
689
81.3%
4.343
2.429
OF
Kevin Kiermaier Danny Salazar
477
79.0%
5.493
2.560
OF
Gregory Polanco Justin Verlander
444
77.9%
5.310
2.710
OF
Andre Ethier Rubby De La Rosa
1699
73.1%
6.324
2.874
OF
Shin-Soo Choo Miguel Gonzalez
1721
67.0%
6.576
2.992
OF
David DeJesus Danny Salazar
1663
83.8%
5.546
3.108
OF
David Peralta Carlos Frias
438
79.6%
6.170
3.871

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