BATTERS: Home-road splits, 2019

Let's take a look at the batters who have posted the most extreme home/road production and batting eye splits so far in 2019.

This exercise can help you adjust your daily lineups accordingly, and can also help us to spot guys who may be one adjustment away from taking a big step forward.

The following bats own the widest home/road OPS splits:

  • OPS, Home vs. Road
    
    Name                League  Position         OPS Home  OPS Road  Diff
    ==================  ======  ===============  ========  ========  =====
    Blackmon, Charlie       NL               CF    1.486     .689    +.797
    Yelich, Christian       NL               RF    1.613     .914    +.699
    Adrianza, Ehire         AL         3B/SS/2B    1.110     .553    +.557
    Gallo, Joey             AL         LF/1B/DH    1.295     .853    +.442
    Chapman, Matt           AL               3B    1.093     .651    +.442
    Cabrera, Miguel         AL            DH/1B     .944     .547    +.397
    Tauchman, Mike          AL               LF     .857     .485    +.372
    Cabrera, Asdrubal       AL               3B     .893     .522    +.371
    Piscotty, Stephen       AL               RF     .888     .534    +.354
    Davis, J.D.             NL            3B/LF    1.010     .658    +.352
    Kendrick, Howie         NL               2B    1.165     .814    +.351
    Tapia, Raimel           NL               LF     .900     .563    +.337
    Dahl, David             NL               LF    1.062     .729    +.333
    DeShields, Delino       AL               CF     .811     .478    +.333
    Story, Trevor           NL               SS    1.074     .744    +.330
    Albies, Ozzie           NL               2B     .954     .635    +.319
    Pederson, Joc           NL               CF    1.049     .736    +.313
    Kemp, Tony              NL         2B/LF/DH     .853     .543    +.310
    Diaz, Yandy             AL         3B/1B/DH    1.020     .711    +.309
    Dietrich, Derek         NL         2B/1B/LF    1.092     .802    +.290
    Nunez, Renato           AL         DH/1B/3B     .887     .601    +.286
    Winker, Jesse           NL               LF     .940     .665    +.275
    Riley, Austin           NL               LF    1.084     .811    +.273
    Donaldson, Josh         NL               3B    1.003     .736    +.267
    Beckham, Gordon         AL            SS/2B     .886     .628    +.258
    Garcia, Leury           AL               CF     .827     .569    +.258
    Moran, Colin            NL            3B/2B     .936     .682    +.254
    Taylor, Chris           NL            LF/2B     .858     .604    +.254
    Perez, Hernan           NL      2B/3B/SS/OF     .809     .557    +.252
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    Name                League  Position         OPS Home  OPS Road  Diff
    ==================  ======  ===============  ========  ========  =====
    Garver, Mitch           AL                C     .760    1.227    -.467
    Gordon, Dee             AL            2B/CF     .404     .871    -.467
    Dixon, Brandon          AL         1B/DH/OF     .586     .991    -.405
    Adames, Willy           AL               SS     .493     .891    -.398
    Olson, Matt             AL               1B     .707    1.095    -.388
    Bruce, Jay              NL            RF/1B     .673    1.046    -.373
    Grossman, Robbie        AL            LF/DH     .561     .928    -.367
    Pence, Hunter           AL            LF/DH     .768    1.129    -.361
    Forsythe, Logan         AL      1B/3B/SS/2B     .589     .947    -.358
    Kelly, Carson           NL                C     .662     .992    -.330
    Dyson, Jarrod           NL               CF     .564     .888    -.324
    Wong, Kolten            NL               2B     .545     .867    -.322
    Frazier, Clint          AL            RF/DH     .682    1.002    -.320
    Bauers, Jake            AL         LF/DH/1B     .541     .840    -.299
    Bader, Harrison         NL               CF     .558     .854    -.296
    Grandal, Yasmani        NL                C     .740    1.030    -.290
    Schoop, Jonathan        AL               2B     .627     .914    -.287
    Machado, Manny          NL            3B/SS     .694     .977    -.283
    Descalso, Daniel        NL            2B/3B     .435     .694    -.259
    Guerrero Jr, Vladimir   AL            3B/DH     .612     .869    -.257
    Jansen, Danny           AL                C     .350     .606    -.256
    Hicks, Aaron            AL               CF     .515     .770    -.255
    Rengifo, Luis           AL            2B/SS     .556     .810    -.254
    Walker, Neil            NL         1B/2B/3B     .693     .943    -.250
    *min 50 PA home/road

These hitters have posted the widest home/road batting eye (BB/K) ratio splits:

  • Eye ratio (BB/K), LH vs. RH
    
    Name                League  Position         Eye Home  Eye Road  Diff
    ==================  ======  ===============  ========  ========  =====
    Adrianza, Ehire         AL         3B/SS/2B     2.00     0.20    +1.80
    McCann, Brian           NL                C     1.67     0.55    +1.12
    Martinez, Jose          NL            1B/RF     1.18     0.24    +0.94
    Hernandez, Cesar        NL               2B     1.00     0.17    +0.83
    Bregman, Alex           AL         3B/SS/DH     1.74     0.92    +0.82
    Altuve, Jose            AL               2B     1.22     0.47    +0.75
    Semien, Marcus          AL               SS     1.32     0.59    +0.73
    Panik, Joe              NL               2B     1.31     0.63    +0.68
    Yelich, Christian       NL               RF     1.22     0.54    +0.68
    Cano, Robinson          NL               2B     0.80     0.13    +0.67
    Wolters, Tony           NL                C     1.00     0.33    +0.67
    Bryant, Kris            NL            3B/RF     1.00     0.39    +0.61
    Garver, Mitch           AL                C     0.79     0.19    +0.60
    Cervelli, Francisco     NL                C     0.70     0.10    +0.60
    Chapman, Matt           AL               3B     0.96     0.36    +0.60
    Canha, Mark             AL         1B/DH/LF     1.08     0.50    +0.58
    Perez, Roberto          AL                C     0.78     0.21    +0.57
    Blackmon, Charlie       NL               CF     0.67     0.10    +0.57
    Bote, David             NL            3B/2B     0.71     0.20    +0.51
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    Markakis, Nick          NL               RF     0.80     1.64    -0.84
    Grossman, Robbie        AL            LF/DH     0.42     1.21    -0.79
    Gurriel, Yulieski       AL            1B/3B     0.11     0.87    -0.76
    Smoak, Justin           AL            1B/DH     0.68     1.38    -0.70
    Castillo, Welington     AL             C/DH     0.19     0.86    -0.67
    Turner, Justin          NL               3B     0.38     1.00    -0.62
    Posey, Buster           NL                C     0.27     0.86    -0.59
    Garcia, Greg            NL            2B/3B     0.29     0.86    -0.57
    Dyson, Jarrod           NL               CF     0.40     0.94    -0.54
    Lucroy, Jonathan        AL                C     0.47     1.00    -0.53
    *min 50 PA home/road

Let's take a closer look at some hitters who own significant home/road production and batting eye splits.
 

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Willy Adames (SS, TAM) hasn't delivered consistent value so far in 2019. Some wide home/road splits are to blame. He hasn't been worth using at all when hitting at home: .197 BA, 0 HR, 5 RBI, .493 OPS in 117 AB. He hasn't been able to make much contact at home either (68% ct%). On the road, he has hit for both average and power (.305 BA, 7 HR, 16 RBI, .891 OPS in 131 AB) while making better contact (76% ct%).

Ehire Adrianza (3B/SS/2B, MIN) showed some modest production before being sidelined with an abdominal issue (.271 BA, 4 HR, 13 RBI in 107 AB). But there are flashes of something more here. He has been fantastic at home (.366 BA, 1.110 OPS in 41 AB), where his plate control has been elite (20% bb%, 88% ct%, 2.00 Eye). Both his production (.212 BA, .553 OPS) and plate discipline (4% bb%, 77% ct%, 0.20 Eye) tank on the road.

Matt Chapman (3B, OAK) is another pre-peak bat with untapped upside. He looks like a lineup cornerstone when hitting at home (.322 BA, 13 HR, 26 RBI, 1.093 OPS in 143 AB). His plate skills are excellent at home too: 13% bb%, 84% ct%, 0.96 Eye. He just hasn't been able to translate those results when hitting away from OAK (.209 BA, 4 HR, 15 RBI, .651 OPS in 148 AB).

Yandy Diaz (3B/1B/DH, TAM) has shown significant gains this year, especially at home: .333 BA, 7 HR, 20 RBI, 1.020 OPS in 108 AB. And he has done so while maintaining strong plate skills (11% bb%, 79% ct%, 0.61 Eye). While his plate discipline holds up on the road (11% bb%, 83% ct%, 0.72 Eye), his production falters (.239 BA, 4 HR, 11 RBI, .711 OPS in 109 AB).

Robbie Grossman (LF, OAK) remains unowned in many leagues due to the marginal results he has generated (.245 BA, 5 HR, 22 RBI, .727 OPS in 204 AB). But he's someone that can provide some sneaky value if you use him in doses. He has been excellent on the road (.319 BA, .928 OPS, 1.21 Eye in 91 AB). All of those marks tank when he hits at home: .183 BA, .561 OPS, 0.42 Eye in 109 AB.

Matt Olson (1B, OAK) thrives when hitting away from OAK, where he has posted a .292 BA, 7 HR, 13 RBI, and 1.095 OPS in 65 AB along with pretty solid plate skills (13% bb%, 74% ct%, 0.59 Eye). He's much less valuable when he hits at home: .211 BA, 5 HR, 12 RBI, .707 OPS in 95 AB. His plate skills erode at home too: 9% bb%, 69% ct%, 0.31 Eye.

Luis Rengifo (2B/SS, LAA) is showing flashes that he could develop into an effective full-timer. His stats on the road have been pretty good (.269 BA, .810 OPS in 67 AB). He has shown a willingness to draw walks there too (14% bb%, 0.55 Eye). He hasn't been worth using at home (.239 BA, .556 OPS in 67 AB) due to some terrible plate patience (1% bb%, 0.06 Eye).
 

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Charlie Blackmon (CF, COL) might not seem like someone you'd want to bench in certain situations. He has been a truly elite hitter at home (.452 BA, 14 HR, 29 RBI, 1.486 OPS in 115 AB). He has shown good plate skills at home too (9% bb%, 84% ct%, 0.67 Eye). He has looked more like a fifth outfielder than a cornerstone bat on the road (.250 BA, 4 HR, 20 RBI, .689 OPS in 148 AB). His plate discipline has waned on the road as well: 2% bb%, 80% ct%, 0.10 Eye.

J.D. Davis (3B/LF, NYM) is another hitter whose value is produced mostly in certain situations. At home, few batters have been more productive (.347 BA, 4 HR, 9 RBI, 1.010 OPS in 75 AB). His plate approach also has been good: 11% bb%, 80% ct%, 0.60 Eye. He's not someone you should start when he hits on the road: .223 BA, .658 OPS, 0.36 Eye in 103 AB.

Jarrod Dyson (CF, ARI) is on pace for his first 30+ SB season since 2016. Digging deeper, he has been a must-start when he hits on the road: .302 BA, .888 OPS, 0.94 Eye in 96 AB. While he draws walks at a decent clip at home (10% bb%), his other results have hurt more than helped (.211 BA, .564 OPS, 0.40 Eye in 90 AB).

Carson Kelly (C, ARI) is showing flashes of becoming a frontline catcher. He puts together good production and plate discipline when hitting on the road: .309 BA, 6 HR, 17 RBI, .992 OPS, 0.73 Eye in 81 AB. Surprisingly, he has struggled when hitting at home: .203 BA, 2 HR, 7 RBI, .662 OPS, 0.33 Eye in 64 AB.

Manny Machado (3B/SS, SD) surely seems like a must-start anywhere he hits, but a closer look suggests that most of his value is generated on the road. He has a .310 BA, 9 HR, 22 RBI, and .977 OPS in 129 AB on the road, along with solid plate discipline (12% bb%, 78% ct%, 0.62 Eye). Machado has been much more marginal than good when hitting in SD: .236 BA, 6 HR, 21 RBI, .694 OPS in 148 AB, where his plate skills aren't quite as solid (9% bb%, 75% ct%, 0.38 Eye).

Raimel Tapia (LF, COL) has looked more like a fourth or fifth outfielder so far in 2019 (.263 BA, 6 HR, 26 RBI, .756 OPS in 217 AB). Before you dismiss him as a failed prospect, check out his rates of production at Coors Field: .304 BA, 4 HR, 17 RBI, .900 OPS in 112 AB. He falls apart when hitting on the road: .214 BA, 1 HR, 8 RBI, .563 OPS in 103 AB.


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