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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
Josh Phegley Wandy Rodriguez
106
30.5%
5.189
1.880
C
Salvador Perez Roenis Elias
482
26.3%
6.271
1.486
2B
Brian Dozier Chris Sale
528
26.8%
6.884
1.981
3B
Martin Prado Jaime Garcia
752
27.0%
5.858
1.265
3B
Trevor Plouffe Chris Sale
611
28.3%
6.052
1.073
SS
Eduardo Escobar Chris Sale
293
29.6%
5.154
1.468
OF
Giancarlo Stanton Jaime Garcia
592
23.3%
8.729
1.628
OF
Nelson Cruz Danny Duffy
604
23.5%
7.860
1.622
OF
Eduardo Escobar Chris Sale
293
29.6%
5.154
1.468
OF
Chris Young Cole Hamels
624
32.5%
6.198
1.329
OF
Mark Trumbo Danny Duffy
681
27.9%
6.758
1.241
OF
Marcell Ozuna Jaime Garcia
242
20.4%
6.105
1.204

Extreme Platoon Splits for Batters Facing RHP

Pos.
Name Opposing Pitcher
PA
%
FD/10PA
+/- Diff
C
Alex Avila Carlos Carrasco
1423
75.1%
6.117
2.383
C
Nick Hundley Allen Webster
1027
75.0%
5.090
2.378
C
Jason Castro Matt Shoemaker
1136
76.5%
5.544
1.862
C
J. Saltalamacchia David Hale
1393
76.5%
6.009
1.852
C
Miguel Montero Mike Bolsinger
1797
76.2%
5.893
1.679
C
Travis d’Arnaud Jimmy Nelson
471
77.2%
5.159
1.364
C
Yasmani Grandal Kyle Hendricks
747
76.3%
6.195
1.303
C
Brayan Pena Gerrit Cole
873
68.6%
3.992
1.154
1B
Justin Morneau Allen Webster
1501
69.9%
6.352
3.229
1B
Adam Lind Bartolo Colon
1571
79.1%
6.499
3.110
1B
Matt Adams Mat Latos
897
79.7%
6.067
2.552
1B
Lucas Duda Jimmy Nelson
1552
74.9%
6.542
2.248
1B
Adam LaRoche Phil Hughes
1666
73.9%
6.402
2.157
1B
Pedro Alvarez Mike Leake
1679
78.8%
5.966
2.144
1B
Freddie Freeman Jordan Zimmermann
1934
67.3%
7.051
1.871
1B
Mitch Moreland Kendall Graveman
1349
76.3%
5.852
1.847
1B
Ryan Howard Ivan Nova
1532
71.1%
6.381
1.537
1B
Adrian Gonzalez Kyle Hendricks
2063
69.0%
7.078
1.486
1B
James Loney Marco Estrada
1800
74.6%
4.958
1.255
1B
Brandon Belt Ian Kennedy
1296
74.5%
6.078
1.208
1B
Chris Davis Clay Buchholz
1614
71.8%
7.088
1.023
2B
Neil Walker Mike Leake
2000
78.0%
5.924
2.096
2B
Jason Kipnis Buck Farmer
1535
65.4%
6.068
1.767
2B
Chris Owings David Hale
490
77.2%
4.403
1.627
2B
Daniel Murphy Jimmy Nelson
1873
72.3%
5.432
1.428
2B
Chase Utley Ivan Nova
1540
68.3%
5.877
1.279
2B
Rougned Odor Kendall Graveman
372
69.4%
4.698
1.085
3B
Pablo Sandoval Bud Norris
1694
71.5%
6.331
2.490
3B
Conor Gillaspie Phil Hughes
961
83.6%
5.073
2.480
3B
Justin Turner Kyle Hendricks
915
66.1%
5.945
1.578
3B
Daniel Murphy Jimmy Nelson
1873
72.3%
5.432
1.428
3B
Luis Valbuena Matt Shoemaker
1252
80.9%
5.232
1.135
SS
Wilmer Flores Jimmy Nelson
480
77.0%
4.859
1.678
SS
Jimmy Rollins Kyle Hendricks
2097
73.0%
5.188
1.302
SS
Alexi Amarista Ryan Vogelsong
1144
81.5%
3.934
1.059
SS
Marwin Gonzalez Matt Shoemaker
723
79.1%
4.015
0.821
OF
David Peralta David Hale
434
79.5%
6.141
3.841
OF
David DeJesus Marco Estrada
1658
83.8%
5.549
3.111
OF
Shin-Soo Choo Kendall Graveman
1721
67.0%
6.576
2.992
OF
Andre Ethier Kyle Hendricks
1694
73.0%
6.343
2.892
OF
Gregory Polanco Mike Leake
439
77.7%
5.245
2.646
OF
Kevin Kiermaier Marco Estrada
468
78.8%
5.433
2.556
OF
Anthony Gose Carlos Carrasco
681
81.3%
4.391
2.448
OF
Carlos Gonzalez Allen Webster
1411
67.3%
7.679
2.409
OF
Corey Dickerson Allen Webster
657
79.7%
7.256
2.391
OF
Chris Coghlan Mike Bolsinger
1017
79.7%
4.978
1.966
OF
David Murphy Buck Farmer
1643
80.1%
5.491
1.852
OF
Ender Inciarte David Hale
497
69.6%
4.673
1.516
OF
Gerardo Parra Bartolo Colon
1834
77.0%
5.085
1.478
OF
Jason Heyward Mat Latos
1729
70.7%
5.882
1.454
OF
Matt Joyce Lance McCullers
1857
85.5%
5.711
1.443
OF
Bryce Harper Shelby Miller
1220
68.8%
7.143
1.432
OF
Leonys Martin Kendall Graveman
995
71.7%
4.802
1.415
OF
Colby Rasmus Matt Shoemaker
1572
72.0%
5.957
1.318
OF
Grady Sizemore Ivan Nova
589
75.5%
4.533
1.287
OF
Denard Span Shelby Miller
1748
71.8%
5.043
1.236
OF
Brandon Moss Buck Farmer
1294
78.7%
6.965
1.222
OF
Alejandro De Aza Bud Norris
1673
79.1%
5.323
1.188
OF
Nick Markakis Jordan Zimmermann
2020
69.7%
5.271
1.163
OF
Michael Brantley Buck Farmer
1757
66.3%
5.848
1.153

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