BATTERS: Lefty-righty splits, 2016

Let's take a look at the batters who have posted the most significant lefty/righty production, power, and batting eye splits so far in 2016.

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.

First, the following bats own the widest LH/RH OPS splits:

  • OPS, vs. LH/RH
    
    Name                League  Position  OPS vs. RH  OPS vs. LH  Diff
    ==================  ======  ========  ==========  ==========  =====
    Lucroy, Jonathan        NL         C       1.009        .559  -.450
    Santana, Carlos         AL     1B/DH        .890        .450  -.440
    Seager, Kyle            AL        3B       1.042        .644  -.398
    Hosmer, Eric            AL        1B       1.036        .691  -.345
    Votto, Joey             NL        1B        .836        .496  -.340
    Gardner, Brett          AL        LF        .774        .452  -.322
    Cano, Robinson          AL        2B       1.062        .742  -.320
    Hicks, Aaron            AL        RF        .667        .403  -.264
    Aoki, Nori              AL        LF        .747        .486  -.261
    Castellanos, Nick       AL        3B        .969        .718  -.251
    Kipnis, Jason           AL        2B        .818        .567  -.251
    Herrera, Odubel         NL        CF        .923        .679  -.244
    Rizzo, Anthony          NL        1B        .952        .712  -.240
    Correa, Carlos          AL        SS        .814        .580  -.234
    Mazara, Nomar           AL        RF        .889        .682  -.227
    Holliday, Matt          NL        LF        .877        .650  -.227
    Trout, Mike             AL        CF       1.038        .813  -.225
    Crawford, Brandon       AL        SS        .828        .607  -.221
    Escobar, Alcides        AL        SS        .642        .428  -.214
    Fowler, Dexter          AL        CF       1.012        .807  -.205
    Gonzalez, Carlos        NL        RF        .929        .725  -.204
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    Piscotty, Stephen       NL        LF        .765       1.245  +.480
    Tomas, Yasmany          NL     3B/RF        .626       1.071  +.445
    Castillo, Welington     NL         C        .631       1.067  +.436
    Iannetta, Chris         AL         C        .488        .841  +.353
    Morales, Kendrys        AL        DH        .499        .851  +.352
    Kinsler, Ian            AL        2B        .827       1.174  +.347
    Villar, Jonathan        NL        SS        .743       1.085  +.342
    Hernandez, Enrique      NL     LF/2B        .489        .816  +.327
    Guyer, Brandon          AL     LF/DH        .744       1.056  +.312
    Kemp, Matt              NL        RF        .641        .951  +.310
    Francoeur, Jeff         NL        RF        .537        .842  +.305
    Norris, Derek           NL         C        .517        .802  +.285
    Altuve, Jose            AL        2B        .899       1.179  +.280
    Donaldson, Josh         AL        3B        .807       1.070  +.263
    Rickard, Joey           AL        RF        .600        .849  +.249
    Phillips, Brandon       NL        2B        .687        .934  +.247
    Suarez, Eugenio         NL     3B/SS        .674        .910  +.236
    Desmond, Ian            NL        SS        .749        .972  +.223
    Posey, Buster           NL      C/1B        .727        .948  +.221
    Turner, Justin          NL        3B        .602        .815  +.213
    Owings, Chris           NL        SS        .703        .906  +.203
    *min 50 AB vs. LH/RH

These bats have produced the widest lefty/righty isolated power (ISO) splits so far in 2016:

  • ISO, vs. LH/RH
    
    Name                League  Position  ISO vs. RH  ISO vs. LH  Diff
    ==================  ======  ========  ==========  ==========  =====
    Santana, Carlos         AL     1B/DH        .276        .018  -.258
    Correa, Carlos          AL        SS        .205        .000  -.205
    Cabrera, Miguel         AL        1B        .278        .095  -.183
    Votto, Joey             NL        1B        .234        .060  -.174
    Cano, Robinson          AL        2B        .353        .195  -.158
    Mazara, Nomar           AL        RF        .222        .070  -.152
    Gardner, Brett          AL        LF        .170        .020  -.150
    Crawford, Brandon       AL        SS        .210        .063  -.147
    Grichuk, Randal         NL        CF        .233        .102  -.131
    Lucroy, Jonathan        NL         C        .259        .130  -.129
    Hicks, Aaron            AL        RF        .150        .021  -.129
    Murphy, Daniel          NL     2B/3B        .276        .151  -.125
    Carpenter, Matt         NL     3B/1B        .302        .186  -.116
    Galvis, Freddy          NL        SS        .174        .063  -.111
    Soler, Jorge            NL        LF        .197        .087  -.110
    Odor, Rougned           AL        2B        .215        .105  -.110
    Carter, Chris           NL        1B        .311        .205  -.106
    Goldschmidt, Paul       NL        1B        .231        .128  -.103
    Trout, Mike             AL        CF        .278        .176  -.102
    Aoki, Nori              NL        LF        .117        .015  -.102
    Holliday, Matt          NL        LF        .250        .149  -.101
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    Castillo, Welington     NL         C        .098        .377  +.279
    Hernandez, Enrique      NL     LF/2B        .020        .267  +.247
    Tomas, Yasmany          NL     3B/RF        .108        .320  +.212
    Owings, Chris           NL        SS        .092        .255  +.163
    Escobar, Yunel          NL        3B        .065        .222  +.157
    Norris, Derek           NL         C        .108        .250  +.142
    Pagan, Angel            NL        CF        .054        .196  +.142
    Piscotty, Stephen       NL        LF        .139        .277  +.138
    Saunders, Michael       AL        LF        .203        .340  +.137
    Cruz, Nelson            AL     DH/RF        .177        .311  +.134
    Pence, Hunter           NL        RF        .146        .276  +.130
    Kemp, Matt              NL        RF        .196        .321  +.125
    Rickard, Joey           AL        RF        .076        .200  +.124
    Villar, Jonathan        NL        SS        .095        .208  +.113
    Gonzalez, Marwin        AL  1B/3B/SS        .108        .208  +.100
    *min 50 AB vs. LH/R

Here are the hitters who have posted the widest LH-RH batting eye ratio splits:

  • Eye ratio (BB/K), vs. LH/RH
    
    Name                League  Position  Eye vs. RH  Eye vs. LH  Diff
    ==================  ======  ========  ==========  ==========  =====
    Panik, Joe              NL        2B        1.27        0.10  -1.17
    Seager, Kyle            AL        3B        1.12        0.23  -0.89
    Zobrist, Ben            NL     2B/LF        1.53        0.70  -0.83
    Span, Denard            NL        CF        1.57        0.70  -0.83
    Aoki, Nori              AL        LF        1.15        0.50  -0.65
    Burns, Billy            AL        CF        0.70        0.09  -0.61
    Gardner, Brett          AL        LF        0.96        0.40  -0.56
    Altuve, Jose            AL        2B        1.40        0.86  -0.54
    Granderson, Curtis      NL        RF        0.61        0.10  -0.51
    Markakis, Nick          NL        RF        0.96        0.50  -0.46
    Gonzalez, Carlos        NL        RF        0.57        0.11  -0.46
    Kipnis, Jason           AL        2B        0.52        0.13  -0.39
    Aybar, Erick            NL        SS        0.38        0.00  -0.38
    Cano, Robinson          AL        2B        0.71        0.38  -0.33
    Mazara, Nomar           AL        RF        0.50        0.17  -0.33
    Crawford, Brandon       NL        SS        0.63        0.31  -0.32
    Pagan, Angel            NL        CF        0.80        0.50  -0.30
    White, Tyler            AL        1B        0.50        0.20  -0.30
    Murphy, Daniel          NL     2B/3B        0.53        0.25  -0.28
    Votto, Joey             NL        1B        0.61        0.33  -0.28
    McCutchen, Andrew       NL        CF        0.50        0.23  -0.27
    Belt, Brandon           NL        1B        1.18        0.92  -0.26
    Pence, Hunter           NL        RF        0.68        0.43  -0.25
    Hosmer, Eric            AL        1B        0.50        0.25  -0.25
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    Turner, Justin          NL        3B        0.36        2.00  +1.64
    Machado, Manny          AL     SS/3B        0.46        2.00  +1.54
    Piscotty, Stephen       NL        LF        0.34        1.67  +1.33
    Braun, Ryan             NL        LF        0.58        1.60  +1.02
    Duffy, Matt             NL        3B        0.52        1.50  +0.98
    Carter, Chris           NL        1B        0.15        1.00  +0.85
    Mercer, Jordy           NL        SS        0.61        1.33  +0.72
    Teixeira, Mark          AL        1B        0.30        1.00  +0.70
    Eaton, Adam             AL        CF        0.57        1.20  +0.63
    Goldschmidt, Paul       NL        1B        0.76        1.33  +0.57
    Encarnacion, Edwin      AL     DH/1B        0.26        0.83  +0.57
    Holliday, Matt          NL        LF        0.38        0.89  +0.51
    Gregorius, Didi         AL        SS        0.22        0.67  +0.45
    Iannetta, Chris         AL         C        0.38        0.83  +0.45
    Donaldson, Josh         AL        3B        0.57        1.00  +0.43
    Tomas, Yasmany          NL     RF/3B        0.27        0.67  +0.40
    Posey, Buster           NL      C/1B        0.63        1.00  +0.37
    Beltre, Adrian          AL        3B        0.64        1.00  +0.36
    Hernandez, Enrique      NL     LF/2B        0.36        0.70  +0.34
    Rickard, Joey           AL        RF        0.31        0.63  +0.32
    Heyward, Jason          NL        RF        0.50        0.82  +0.32
    Reynolds, Mark          NL     1B/3B        0.32        0.62  +0.30
    Castillo, Welington     NL         C        0.21        0.50  +0.29
    Francoeur, Jeff         NL        RF        0.08        0.36  +0.28
    Escobar, Alcides        AL        SS        0.23        0.50  +0.27
    Cabrera, Miguel         AL        1B        0.63        0.90  +0.27
    Owings, Chris           NL        SS        0.30        0.56  +0.26
    *min 50 AB vs. LH/RH

Let's take a closer look at some bats who own significant LH/RH production, power, and batting eye splits.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Carlos Correa (SS, HOU) hasn't fulfilled his 7 ADP so far in 2016 (.801 OPS in 221 AB). The reason can be found in his empty power stroke against LH pitchers. He has a .580 OPS and only one extra-base hit against them in 42 AB. Given his .899 OPS and 166 PX against them in 2015, this seems like an anomaly that Correa can work himself out of as the season goes along.

Nomar Mazara (RF, TEX) has put up 10 HR and 27 RBI in 184 AB so far this season, making him an OF fixture for many teams. That said, keep in mind that he's an impact bat only against RH pitchers: .889 OPS, .222 ISO, 0.50 Eye. Those marks tank across the board when facing lefties: .662 OPS, .070 ISO, 0.17 Eye. At age 21, Mazara has plenty of time to iron out that wrinkle. But if you play in a league that allows daily transactions, it's best to sit him against lefties.

Joey Rickard (RF, BAL) owns a .660 OPS after 181 AB, leaving him on the waiver wire in many leagues. Before you drop him, note that he is putting up some impressive stats and skills against lefties: .849 OPS, .200 ISO, 0.63 Eye. You'll want him on your bench when righties are on the mound: .600 OPS, .076 ISO, 0.31 Eye.

Carlos Santana (1B/DH, CLE) has hit a huge roadblock against LH pitching so far in 2016. He has posted a poor .450 OPS and .018 ISO against them. His production and power are both upper-tier against RH pitchers: .890 OPS, .276 ISO. Given his pretty strong track record against lefties, this doesn't seem like it will be a chronic problem, but it's one you'll want to acknowledge if you have a deep bench.

Kyle Seager (3B, SEA) is on pace to approach 30 HR again in 2016. It's a level he could easily reach if he could reverse his big struggles this season against LH pitchers: .644 OPS, .183 ISO, 0.23 Eye. With an .835 OPS and 128 PX against them in 2015, there's hope for a rebound. Even a slight uptick would send his surface stats to a new level, since he is totally obliterating RHers, both in terms of power and patience: 1.042 OPS, .271 ISO, 1.12 Eye.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Welington Castillo (C, ARI) is in a timeshare with emerging Chris Herrmann (C, ARI), and it's one that has given ARI one of the best catching tandems in MLB. While Herrmann is mashing righties (.945 OPS), Castillo is doing the same against lefties: 1.067 OPS, .377 ISO, 0.50 Eye. Castillo's lack of power against RHers (.098 ISO) and shaky pitch recognition (0.21 Eye) suggest this is a job share that will likely continue.

Enrique Hernandez (LF/2B, LA) owns a .220 BA and .687 OPS after 100 AB, putting him on the waiver wire even in some deep leagues. But owners with deep benches can use his multi-position eligibility to their favor if they have a deep bench, since he fares really well against lefties: .816 OPS, .267 ISO, 0.70 Eye. The opposite is true when he faces righties: .489 OPS, .020 ISO, 0.36 Eye.

Stephen Piscotty (LF, STL) entered the 2016 season as a batter without significant LH/RH splits. He has a .840+ OPS against both groups of pitchers in 2015, as well as a 120+ PX. However, his power has dwindled against righties so far in 2016 (95 PX), while his plate control and power have blossomed against lefties: 1.67 Eye, 1.245 OPS, .277 ISO. A tweak against righties could help Piscotty reach an even higher level than what he's currently on pace to accomplish.

Yasmany Tomas (3B/RF, ARI) is enjoying a mini-breakout so far in 2016 (7 HR, 21 RBI in 181 AB) after entering the season with a lot of question marks. Before you go all-in, note that all of his production has come against lefties. He has a 1.071 OPS against them, compared to a .626 OPS vs. RHers. His pitch recognition is also much better vs. lefties (0.67 Eye vs. 0.27 Eye). If you have a deep lineup, you'll want to bench him against righties in order to maximize his value.

Justin Turner (3B, LA) has underwhelmed so far in 2016 (.662 OPS in 180 AB). The primary culprit has been some struggles against RH pitchers (.617 OPS, 0.38 Eye). He has fared much better against lefties (.798 OPS, 1.67 Eye). With a near-.900 OPS the last two seasons against righties, Turner has the ability to make headway against righties. He's someone to keep on your radar if you play in a deep league and need to upgrade your CI spot.


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