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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.

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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
Welington Castillo Brett Anderson
288
24.7%
5.677
1.431
C
Robinson Chirinos Wei-Yin Chen
176
29.2%
5.568
0.914
1B
Paul Goldschmidt Brett Anderson
580
25.7%
8.272
0.956
2B
Dustin Pedroia Mark Buehrle
867
28.9%
6.424
1.135
SS
Xander Bogaerts Mark Buehrle
258
28.5%
5.291
1.264
OF
Michael Cuddyer Jon Lester
545
27.4%
7.326
1.406
OF
A.J. Pollock Brett Anderson
368
31.9%
6.365
1.308
OF
Scott Van Slyke Robbie Ray
266
47.5%
6.560
1.254

Extreme Platoon Splits for Batters Facing RHP

Pos.
Name Opposing Pitcher
PA
%
FD/10PA
+/- Diff
C
Brayan Pena Trevor May
873
68.6%
3.992
1.154
C
Miguel Montero Bartolo Colon
1801
76.3%
5.881
1.667
C
Jason Castro Edinson Volquez
1137
76.4%
5.565
1.918
C
Nick Hundley Jesse Hahn
1031
75.1%
5.082
2.370
C
Alex Avila A.J. Burnett
1423
75.1%
6.117
2.383
1B
Adam LaRoche John Lackey
1671
73.8%
6.396
2.100
1B
Chris Davis Nick Martinez
1617
71.8%
7.092
1.041
1B
Brandon Belt Dan Haren
1301
74.6%
6.065
1.194
1B
Logan Morrison James Shields
1357
73.6%
5.508
1.198
1B
James Loney Carlos Carrasco
1800
74.6%
4.958
1.255
1B
Ryan Howard Kyle Lohse
1535
70.9%
6.384
1.623
1B
Eric Hosmer Vincent Velasquez
1813
67.8%
5.887
1.774
1B
Freddie Freeman Doug Fister
1934
67.3%
7.051
1.871
1B
Pedro Alvarez Alfredo Simon
1683
78.8%
5.979
2.157
1B
Adam Lind Aaron Harang
1571
78.9%
6.499
3.059
1B
Justin Morneau Jesse Hahn
1501
69.9%
6.352
3.229
1B
Ike Davis Chad Bettis
1319
79.2%
6.334
3.611
2B
Dee Gordon Chris Heston
1209
74.2%
4.287
0.890
2B
Chase Utley Kyle Lohse
1542
68.2%
5.866
1.280
2B
Stephen Drew Matt Shoemaker
1238
71.9%
5.277
1.648
2B
Jason Kipnis Alex Colome
1538
65.3%
6.081
1.716
2B
Robinson Cano James Shields
1941
64.3%
7.257
2.022
2B
Neil Walker Alfredo Simon
2004
78.0%
5.924
2.097
3B
Conor Gillaspie John Lackey
964
83.6%
5.083
2.490
3B
Luis Valbuena Edinson Volquez
1254
80.7%
5.277
0.963
3B
Kyle Seager James Shields
1650
66.4%
5.748
1.075
3B
Mike Moustakas Vincent Velasquez
1666
73.5%
4.869
1.250
SS
Marwin Gonzalez Edinson Volquez
724
78.8%
4.050
0.781
SS
Alexi Amarista Taijuan Walker
1146
81.5%
3.942
1.067
SS
Brad Miller James Shields
726
73.8%
5.255
2.183
SS
Didi Gregorius Matt Shoemaker
727
75.8%
4.828
2.544
OF
Christian Yelich Chris Heston
837
72.7%
5.245
1.094
OF
Jacoby Ellsbury Matt Shoemaker
1675
67.1%
6.137
1.122
OF
Nick Markakis Doug Fister
2023
69.7%
5.272
1.157
OF
Michael Brantley Alex Colome
1758
66.1%
5.843
1.179
OF
Denard Span Matt Wisler
1748
71.7%
5.043
1.193
OF
Grady Sizemore Kyle Lohse
589
75.5%
4.533
1.287
OF
Colby Rasmus Edinson Volquez
1576
72.0%
5.950
1.337
OF
Brandon Moss Alex Colome
1296
78.5%
6.968
1.364
OF
Matt Joyce Nathan Eovaldi
1861
85.5%
5.693
1.407
OF
Gerardo Parra Aaron Harang
1834
76.8%
5.085
1.481
OF
Bryce Harper Matt Wisler
1220
68.7%
7.143
1.491
OF
Josh Reddick Chad Bettis
1459
70.8%
6.239
1.637
OF
Seth Smith James Shields
1778
83.6%
5.873
1.759
OF
David Murphy Alex Colome
1645
80.1%
5.533
1.894
OF
Chris Coghlan Bartolo Colon
1020
79.6%
4.978
2.009
OF
Corey Dickerson Jesse Hahn
657
79.7%
7.256
2.391
OF
Carlos Gonzalez Jesse Hahn
1411
67.3%
7.679
2.409
OF
Anthony Gose A.J. Burnett
689
81.3%
4.343
2.429
OF
Kevin Kiermaier Carlos Carrasco
477
79.0%
5.493
2.560
OF
Gregory Polanco Alfredo Simon
444
77.9%
5.310
2.710
OF
David DeJesus Carlos Carrasco
1663
83.8%
5.546
3.108

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