BATTERS: Lefty-righty splits, 2018 updated

Let's take an updated look at the batters who have posted the most significant lefty/righty production and batting eye splits so far in 2018.

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
    ==================  ======  =============  ==========  ==========  =====
    Pederson, Joc           NL             CF     .908        .373     +.535
    Ohtani, Shohei          AL             DH    1.005        .498     +.507
    Santana, Domingo        NL             RF     .767        .352     +.415
    Sandoval, Pablo         NL          3B/1B     .816        .440     +.376
    Gordon, Alex            AL             LF     .770        .438     +.332
    Asuaje, Carlos          NL          2B/3B     .664        .335     +.329
    Garver, Mitch           AL              C     .849        .521     +.328
    Upton, Justin           AL             LF     .903        .582     +.321
    Rizzo, Anthony          NL             1B     .903        .583     +.320
    Nunez, Renato           AL             3B     .787        .467     +.320
    Polanco, Jorge          AL             SS     .840        .525     +.315
    Hanson, Alen            NL    2B/LF/SS/3B     .824        .509     +.315
    Shaw, Travis            NL          3B/2B     .892        .584     +.308
    Bradley Jr, Jackie      AL             CF     .759        .466     +.293
    Parra, Gerardo          NL             LF     .783        .503     +.280
    Morales, Kendrys        AL          DH/1B     .898        .624     +.274
    Duda, Lucas             AL          1B/DH     .770        .498     +.272
    Schwarber, Kyle         NL             LF     .858        .592     +.266
    Ramirez, Jose           AL          3B/2B    1.096        .837     +.259
    Murphy, Daniel          NL          2B/1B     .868        .615     +.255
    Bour, Justin            NL             1B     .838        .583     +.255
    Brantley, Michael       AL          LF/DH     .893        .641     +.252
    Panik, Joe              NL             2B     .734        .483     +.251
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Name                League  Position       OPS vs. RH  OPS vs. LH  Diff
    ==================  ======  =============  ==========  ==========  =====
    Flowers, Tyler          NL              C     .452       1.282     -.830
    Villanueva, Christian   NL             3B     .574       1.118     -.544
    Zimmerman, Ryan         NL             1B     .697       1.214     -.517
    Arenado, Nolan          NL             3B     .811       1.317     -.506
    Guyer, Brandon          AL             RF     .386        .836     -.450
    Bryant, Kris            NL          3B/RF     .765       1.207     -.442
    Rua, Ryan               AL          LF/1B     .447        .774     -.327
    Austin, Tyler           AL             1B     .649        .976     -.327
    Soler, Jorge            AL             RF     .742       1.064     -.322
    Canha, Mark             AL          CF/1B     .633        .951     -.318
    Rodriguez, Sean         NL       2B/SS/LF     .492        .807     -.315
    Castellanos, Nick       AL       3B/RF/DH     .768       1.080     -.312
    Turner, Justin          NL             3B     .787       1.096     -.309
    Cain, Lorenzo           NL             CF     .749       1.056     -.307
    Marte, Ketel            NL          2B/SS     .635        .932     -.297
    Stanton, Giancarlo      AL          LF/DH     .824       1.111     -.287
    Souza, Steven           AL             RF     .628        .909     -.281
    Suarez, Eugenio         NL             3B     .865       1.133     -.268
    Hechavarria, Adeiny     NL             SS     .561        .829     -.268
    Gyorko, Jedd            NL    3B/2B/SS/1B     .705        .972     -.267
    Valencia, Danny         AL    3B/1B/RF/DH     .610        .873     -.263
    Reddick, Josh           AL             RF     .633        .888     -.255
    *min 50 AB vs. LH/RH

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
    ==================  ======  =============  ==========  ==========  =====
    Rizzo, Anthony          NL             1B      1.23        0.29    +0.94
    Ramirez, Jose           AL          3B/2B      1.60        0.77    +0.83
    Brantley, Michael       AL          LF/DH      1.17        0.45    +0.72
    Votto, Joey             NL             1B      1.43        0.71    +0.72
    Benintendi, Andrew      AL             LF      0.93        0.29    +0.64
    Soto, Juan              NL             LF      1.00        0.48    +0.52
    Polanco, Jorge          AL             SS      0.58        0.07    +0.51
    Markakis, Nick          NL             RF      1.09        0.59    +0.50
    Jankowski, Travis       NL             RF      0.75        0.25    +0.50
    Kemp, Tony              AL             LF      1.00        0.54    +0.46
    Kepler, Max             AL             RF      0.85        0.42    +0.43
    Murphy, Daniel          NL          2B/1B      0.91        0.50    +0.41
    Bruce, Jay              NL             RF      0.65        0.24    +0.41
    Conforto, Michael       NL             LF      0.67        0.26    +0.41
    Mauer, Joe              AL          1B/DH      0.85        0.47    +0.38
    Heyward, Jason          NL             RF      0.84        0.46    +0.38
    Marte, Jefry            AL          1B/3B      0.50        0.13    +0.37
    Mazara, Nomar           AL          RF/DH      0.52        0.16    +0.36
    Kinsler, Ian            AL             2B      0.79        0.46    +0.33
    Freeman, Freddie        NL             1B      0.77        0.44    +0.33
    Bradley Jr, Jackie      AL             CF      0.43        0.11    +0.32
    Moustakas, Mike         NL          3B/DH      0.61        0.29    +0.32
    Shaw, Travis            NL          3B/2B      0.76        0.45    +0.31
    Rickard, Joey           AL             RF      0.50        0.20    +0.30
    Winker, Jesse           NL             RF      1.16        0.86    +0.30
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Name                League  Position       Eye vs. RH  Eye vs. LH  Diff
    ==================  ======  =============  ==========  ==========  =====
    Machado, Manny          NL          3B/SS      0.55        1.62    -1.07
    Flowers, Tyler          NL              C      0.32        1.36    -1.04
    Kiner-Falefa, Isiah     AL        3B/2B/C      0.28        1.20    -0.92
    Hoskins, Rhys           NL          LF/1B      0.44        1.24    -0.80
    Cano, Robinson          AL             2B      0.59        1.29    -0.70
    Cain, Lorenzo           NL             CF      0.68        1.36    -0.68
    Betts, Mookie           AL             RF      0.73        1.40    -0.67
    Pirela, Jose            NL       2B/LF/1B      0.25        0.88    -0.63
    Panik, Joe              NL             2B      0.88        1.50    -0.62
    Zimmerman, Ryan         NL             1B      0.30        0.90    -0.60
    Simmons, Andrelton      AL             SS      0.85        1.44    -0.59
    Braun, Ryan             NL          LF/1B      0.22        0.80    -0.58
    Posey, Buster           NL           C/1B      0.68        1.25    -0.57
    Rojas, Miguel           NL    SS/3B/1B/2B      0.26        0.82    -0.56
    Lindor, Francisco       AL             SS      0.58        1.13    -0.55
    Robertson, Daniel       AL       2B/3B/SS      0.46        1.00    -0.54
    Guyer, Brandon          AL             RF      0.10        0.63    -0.53
    Anderson, Brian         NL             3B      0.40        0.92    -0.52
    Valencia, Danny         AL    3B/1B/RF/DH      0.25        0.76    -0.51
    Encarnacion, Edwin      AL          DH/1B      0.35        0.86    -0.51
    Turner, Trea            NL             SS      0.39        0.89    -0.50
    Martinez, Jose          NL       1B/LF/DH      0.46        0.92    -0.46
    Bogaerts, Xander        AL             SS      0.43        0.89    -0.46
    Profar, Jurickson       AL    SS/3B/1B/2B      0.54        1.00    -0.46
    Gyorko, Jedd            NL    3B/2B/SS/1B      0.47        0.92    -0.45
    Arenado, Nolan          NL             3B      0.51        0.96    -0.45
    Mathis, Jeff            NL              C      0.24        0.69    -0.45
    Leon, Sandy             AL              C      0.13        0.57    -0.44
    Cozart, Zack            AL             SS      0.39        0.83    -0.44
    Sanchez, Gary           AL              C      0.37        0.80    -0.43
    Flores, Wilmer          NL       1B/3B/2B      0.68        1.11    -0.43
    Franco, Maikel          NL             3B      0.37        0.77    -0.40
    Goldschmidt, Paul       NL             1B      0.45        0.85    -0.40
    Mesoraco, Devin         NL              C      0.42        0.82    -0.40
    *min 50 PA vs. LH/RH

Let's take a closer look at some bats who own significant lefty-righty production and batting eye splits.
 

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Michael Brantley (LF/DH, CLE) is one of the more productive outfielders in the game against RH pitchers. He has a .322 BA, 11 HR, 54 RBI and .893 OPS against them. He also owns an elite 1.17 Eye vs. RHers. His value diminishes greatly when lefties are on the mound. Brantley has a .248 BA, 3 HR, 15 RBI, .641 OPS and 0.45 Eye vs. LHers.

Brandon Guyer (RF, CLE) isn't owned in most leagues, which shouldn't come as a surprise given his overall .191 BA and .647 OPS. He's completely lost at the plate against RHers: .136 BA, .386 OPS, 0.10 Eye. That said, he can have value when southpaws are on the mound: .836 OPS, 0.63 Eye.

Tony Kemp (LF, HOU) remains a fourth or fifth outfielder worth owning if you can use him when righties are on the mound. He has a .288 BA, 8 SB, .834 OPS, and 1.00 Eye against them. His value diminishes against lefties (0 SB, .703 OPS, 0.54 Eye). If you're looking for a sneaky MI stash, note that Kemp will gain 2B eligibility in many leagues after one more game played there.

Austin Meadows (CF, TAM) looked like he was ready to fulfill his former top prospect upside early this season (1.221 OPS, 0.67 Eye in 44 AB in May). He has struggled to make an impact since then. Now with a new team, he'll have a fresh start. He has looked like an impact bat against LHers in a small sample size (.947 OPS in 53 AB vL). At age 23, he has time to work on his approach against righties (.714 OPS vR).

Jorge Polanco (SS, MIN) has been one of the better hitting SS in the game when RH arms are on the mound. He has put up a .313 BA, .840 OPS and 0.58 Eye against RHers. You just don't want to use him when facing lefties: .188 BA, .525 OPS, 0.07 Eye. Polanco is a good buy-low target for those in keeper leagues.

Jorge Soler (RF, KC) will be out until sometime in September due to a broken foot. When healthy, Soler tapped into some of the tools that made him a top prospect years ago. The modest 44 BPV he has generated is the best we've seen from him since his rookie season. Turns out that hiis upside comes out against lefties (.315 BA, 1.064 OPS, 0.53 Eye vL).
 

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Lorenzo Cain (CF, MIL) is another bat who produces at an impact level in certain situations. He has been excellent against lefties: .389 BA, 1.056 OPS, 1.36 Eye in 108 AB vL. He's solid but unspectacular against same-sided arms: .280 BA, .749 OPS, 0.68 Eye in 314 AB vR.

Wilmer Flores (1B/3B/2B, NYM) used to be a part-time bat worth using only against southpaws. Interestingly, Flores actually has been better against righties in 2018, at least in terms of production (.836 OPS vR, .652 OPS vL). His plate discipline has been better vs. LHers (1.11 Eye vL). His overall plate discipline has surged to near-elite levels (7% bb%, 90% ct%, 0.77 Eye), and he's still showing levels of hard contact (114 HctX) and underlying power (116 xPX) that make him a legitimate breakout target heading into 2019.

Tyler Flowers (C, ATL) owns some of the biggest lefty-righty splits in the game. Few hitters are better against lefties than Flowers (.417 BA, 1.282 OPS, 1.36 Eye in 48 AB vL). He's not worth using against righties (.151 BA, .452 OPS, 0.32 Eye in 139 AB vR).

Ketel Marte (2B/SS, ARI) carries some latent SB upside that you might not realize exists. He is posting an elite 140+ Spd for the second consecutive season. He also has doubled his walk rate from the first half (7% bb%) to the second half (14% bb%). And he looks like a frontline middle-infielder when lefties are on the mound (.300 BA, .932 OPS, 0.90 Eye vL). He has room for growth vs. RHers (.222 BA, .635 OPS, 0.64 Eye vR).

Daniel Murphy (2B/1B, CHC) is another hitter that can help your stretch-run production if you know when to use him. Both his production (.868 OPS) and batting eye (0.91 Eye) have been excellent against righties. He doesn't add a whole lot of value against lefties (.613 OPS, 0.50 Eye vL).

Joc Pederson (CF, LA) clearly has been an impact OF bat against righties so far in 2018. He has put up a .908 OPS and solid 0.59 Eye against RHers. He doesn't play much against lefties (47 AB vL), and there's a good reason for that. He has been horrible against them: .128 BA, .373 OPS, 0.40 Eye vL.

Jesse Winker (RF, CIN) carries some intriguing breakout potential heading into 2019. Check out how good he was pre-injury in 2018 vs. RHers: .874 OPS, 1.61 Eye in 224 AB. He has put up a rough .211 BA and .690 OPS against lefties. Nonetheless, that level of production against lefties is significantly better than what we saw from him in a tiny sample during his rookie season.


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