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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
Josh Phegley J.A. Happ
115
31.3%
5.978
2.490
C
Buster Posey Gio Gonzalez
654
28.3%
7.584
1.526
C
Salvador Perez Tommy Milone
497
26.6%
6.031
1.195
1B
Steve Pearce John Danks
394
40.1%
6.561
1.493
2B
Steve Pearce John Danks
394
40.1%
6.561
1.493
2B
Joe Panik Gio Gonzalez
161
26.0%
5.264
0.400
OF
Steve Pearce John Danks
394
40.1%
6.561
1.493
OF
Michael Cuddyer Clayton Kershaw
546
27.2%
7.308
1.440

Extreme Platoon Splits for Batters Facing RHP

Pos.
Name
Opposing Pitcher
PA
%
FD/10PA
+/- Diff
C
Brayan Pena
Mike Fiers
891
68.9%
3.959
1.129
C
Yasmani Grandal
Noah Syndergaard
770
76.5%
6.214
1.288
C
Miguel Montero
Tom Koehler
1823
76.3%
5.827
1.504
C
Jarrod Saltalamacchia
Kyle Kendrick
1403
76.5%
5.989
1.784
C
Jason Castro
Justin Masterson
1152
76.2%
5.521
1.976
C
Alex Avila
Drew Hutchison
1423
75.1%
6.117
2.383
C
Nick Hundley
Chase Anderson
1051
75.2%
5.128
2.456
1B
Logan Morrison
Jesse Chavez
1375
73.6%
5.473
1.208
1B
James Loney
Masahiro Tanaka
1800
74.6%
4.958
1.255
1B
Adrian Gonzalez
Noah Syndergaard
2092
69.1%
7.039
1.442
1B
Ryan Howard
Julio Teheran
1562
71.2%
6.341
1.587
1B
Freddie Freeman
Kevin Correia
1934
67.3%
7.051
1.871
1B
Mitch Moreland
Garrett Richards
1376
75.9%
5.972
1.918
1B
Pedro Alvarez
Trevor Bauer
1707
79.0%
6.021
2.155
1B
Adam LaRoche
Chris Tillman
1685
73.8%
6.444
2.163
1B
Matt Adams
Andrew Cashner
897
79.7%
6.067
2.552
1B
Justin Morneau
Chase Anderson
1501
69.9%
6.352
3.229
1B
Adam Lind
Michael Lorenzen
1599
78.9%
6.610
3.252
2B
Rougned Odor
Garrett Richards
404
69.9%
4.833
0.796
2B
Dee Gordon
Jason Hammel
1226
73.7%
4.313
0.915
2B
Chase Utley
Julio Teheran
1542
68.2%
5.866
1.280
2B
Chris Owings
Kyle Kendrick
512
77.2%
4.414
1.616
2B
Stephen Drew
Chris Archer
1247
71.7%
5.251
1.676
2B
Jason Kipnis
Charlie Morton
1564
65.3%
6.085
1.688
2B
Neil Walker
Trevor Bauer
2037
78.1%
5.987
2.062
2B
Robinson Cano
Jesse Chavez
1957
64.2%
7.269
2.076
3B
Luis Valbuena
Justin Masterson
1276
80.7%
5.225
0.881
3B
Kyle Seager
Jesse Chavez
1668
66.4%
5.739
1.135
3B
Justin Turner
Noah Syndergaard
941
66.2%
5.980
1.609
3B
Conor Gillaspie
Chris Tillman
980
83.8%
5.010
2.418
3B
Pablo Sandoval
Dan Straily
1724
71.6%
6.295
2.477
SS
Marwin Gonzalez
Justin Masterson
729
78.4%
4.091
0.820
SS
Alexi Amarista
Michael Wacha
1161
81.6%
3.906
1.052
SS
Jimmy Rollins
Noah Syndergaard
2125
73.0%
5.120
1.151
SS
Brad Miller
Jesse Chavez
743
73.6%
5.333
2.260
SS
Didi Gregorius
Chris Archer
744
75.4%
4.788
2.350
OF
Brandon Moss
Charlie Morton
1321
78.4%
6.891
0.970
OF
Christian Yelich
Jason Hammel
856
72.5%
5.304
1.114
OF
Jacoby Ellsbury
Chris Archer
1675
67.1%
6.137
1.122
OF
Nick Markakis
Kevin Correia
2046
69.7%
5.249
1.176
OF
Denard Span
Jake Peavy
1771
71.8%
5.056
1.198
OF
Michael Brantley
Charlie Morton
1781
66.0%
5.851
1.216
OF
Alejandro De Aza
Dan Straily
1700
79.1%
5.476
1.273
OF
Grady Sizemore
Masahiro Tanaka
607
76.1%
4.613
1.367
OF
Leonys Martin
Garrett Richards
1021
71.7%
4.694
1.367
OF
Colby Rasmus
Justin Masterson
1584
71.9%
5.945
1.369
OF
Matt Joyce
Chi Chi Gonzalez
1876
85.5%
5.680
1.437
OF
Bryce Harper
Jake Peavy
1238
68.8%
7.122
1.481
OF
Jason Heyward
Andrew Cashner
1760
70.8%
5.922
1.493
OF
Ender Inciarte
Kyle Kendrick
497
69.6%
4.673
1.516
OF
Gerardo Parra
Michael Lorenzen
1866
76.9%
5.125
1.547
OF
Seth Smith
Jesse Chavez
1791
83.7%
5.832
1.718
OF
David Murphy
Charlie Morton
1666
80.2%
5.549
1.924
OF
Chris Coghlan
Tom Koehler
1047
79.8%
5.017
2.092
OF
Kevin Kiermaier
Masahiro Tanaka
502
79.4%
5.204
2.204
OF
Carlos Gonzalez
Chase Anderson
1433
67.4%
7.619
2.359
OF
Corey Dickerson
Chase Anderson
657
79.7%
7.256
2.391
OF
Anthony Gose
Drew Hutchison
700
81.6%
4.336
2.421
OF
Gregory Polanco
Trevor Bauer
472
77.9%
5.201
2.720
OF
Andre Ethier
Noah Syndergaard
1717
73.2%
6.310
2.827
OF
Shin-Soo Choo
Garrett Richards
1743
67.0%
6.601
3.028
OF
David DeJesus
Masahiro Tanaka
1687
83.8%
5.453
3.077
OF
David Peralta
Kyle Kendrick
465
79.1%
6.306
3.176

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