BATTERS: Lefty-righty splits, 2019

Let's take a look at the batters who have posted the most significant lefty/righty 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.

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
    ==================  ======  ========  ==========  ==========  =====
    Vogelbach, Daniel       AL     1B/DH     1.075       .503     +.572
    Casali, Curt            NL         C     1.039       .542     +.497
    Dozier, Hunter          AL  3B/DH/1B     1.107       .637     +.470
    Cano, Robinson          NL        2B      .768       .330     +.438
    Adames, Willy           AL        SS      .809       .439     +.370
    Posey, Buster           NL         C      .836       .483     +.353
    Smoak, Justin           AL     1B/DH      .900       .555     +.345
    Markakis, Nick          NL        RF      .877       .536     +.341
    Gardner, Brett          AL        LF      .823       .482     +.341
    Moncada, Yoan           AL     3B/2B      .935       .598     +.337
    White, Tyler            AL     1B/DH      .749       .419     +.330
    Seager, Corey           NL        SS      .934       .631     +.303
    Polanco, Jorge          AL     SS/DH     1.044       .741     +.303
    Betts, Mookie           AL        RF      .921       .621     +.300
    Blackmon, Charlie       NL        CF     1.132       .856     +.276
    Choo, Shin-Soo          AL     LF/DH      .960       .687     +.273
    Peralta, David          NL        LF      .936       .668     +.268
    Drury, Brandon          AL  3B/RF/2B      .717       .456     +.261
    Duggar, Steven          NL        CF      .732       .479     +.253
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    Name                League  Position  OPS vs. RH  OPS vs. LH  Diff
    ==================  ======  ========  ==========  ==========  =====
    Machado, Manny          NL     SS/3B      .666      1.354     -.688
    Luplow, Jordan          AL        RF      .483      1.081     -.598
    Dozier, Brian           NL        2B      .591      1.117     -.526
    Alberto, Hanser         AL     2B/3B      .511       .958     -.447
    Severino, Pedro         AL         C      .707      1.153     -.446
    Baez, Javier            NL  SS/2B/3B      .825      1.197     -.372
    Martinez, J.D.          AL     DH/RF      .866      1.226     -.360
    Marisnick, Jake         AL        CF      .652      1.012     -.360
    Escobar, Eduardo        NL     3B/SS      .794      1.153     -.359
    Reddick, Josh           AL        RF      .706      1.048     -.342
    Piscotty, Stephen       AL        RF      .633       .968     -.335
    Senzel, Nick            NL        CF      .718      1.052     -.334
    Ahmed, Nick             NL        SS      .639       .965     -.326
    Bryant, Kris            NL     3B/RF      .885      1.208     -.323
    Davis, Khris            AL        DH      .680       .998     -.318
    Profar, Jurickson       AL  2B/3B/SS/1B   .576       .893     -.317
    Perez, Hernan           NL  2B/3B/SS/OF   .602       .905     -.303
    Cron, C.J.              AL        1B      .790      1.092     -.302
    Tellez, Rowdy           AL     DH/1B      .623       .917     -.294
    Alonso, Peter           NL        1B      .869      1.156     -.287
    Segura, Jean            NL        SS      .729      1.002     -.273
    Ramos, Wilson           NL         C      .686       .959     -.273
    Desmond, Ian            NL     CF/1B      .713       .980     -.267
    Arenado, Nolan          NL        3B      .904      1.168     -.264
    Puig, Yasiel            NL        RF      .598       .852     -.254
    *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
    ==================  ======  ========  ==========  ==========  =====
    Bregman, Alex           AL     3B/SS      1.75        0.64    +1.11
    Heyward, Jason          NL        RF      1.07        0.29    +0.78
    Conforto, Michael       NL        LF      0.90        0.14    +0.76
    Lucroy, Jonathan        AL         C      1.00        0.25    +0.75
    Polanco, Jorge          AL     SS/DH      0.80        0.15    +0.65
    Gardner, Brett          AL        LF      0.77        0.18    +0.59
    Meadows, Austin         AL     RF/DH      0.65        0.10    +0.55
    Posey, Buster           NL         C      0.67        0.20    +0.47
    Maldonado, Martin       AL         C      0.58        0.11    +0.47
    Devers, Rafael          AL        3B      0.60        0.14    +0.46
    Kendrick, Howie         NL        2B      0.65        0.22    +0.43
    Brantley, Michael       AL     LF/DH      1.07        0.64    +0.43
    Vogelbach, Daniel       AL     DH/1B      0.93        0.50    +0.43
    Cabrera, Melky          NL        RF      0.56        0.14    +0.42
    Almora Jr, Albert       NL        CF      0.50        0.08    +0.42
    Votto, Joey             NL        1B      0.60        0.19    +0.41
    Villar, Jonathan        AL     2B/SS      0.48        0.07    +0.41
    Crawford, Brandon       NL        SS      0.53        0.13    +0.40
    Markakis, Nick          NL        RF      1.22        0.83    +0.39
    Freeman, Freddie        NL        1B      0.81        0.43    +0.38
    Bradley Jr, Jackie      AL        CF      0.51        0.13    +0.38
    Flores, Wilmer          NL     2B/1B      0.56        0.20    +0.36
    Kipnis, Jason           AL        2B      0.54        0.18    +0.36
    Turner, Justin          NL        3B      0.89        0.53    +0.36
    Gallo, Joey             AL     LF/DH      0.67        0.32    +0.35
    Alberto, Hanser         AL     2B/3B      0.44        0.09    +0.35
    Escobar, Eduardo        AL     3B/SS      0.46        0.12    +0.34
    Story, Trevor           NL        SS      0.40        0.08    +0.32
    Torres, Gleyber         AL     SS/2B      0.43        0.11    +0.32
    Chavis, Michael         AL     2B/1B      0.42        0.10    +0.32
    Bell, Josh              NL        1B      0.59        0.28    +0.31
    Trout, Mike             AL        CF      1.35        1.05    +0.30
    Anderson, Brian         NL     3B/RF      0.51        0.21    +0.30
    Simmons, Andrelton      AL        SS      0.50        0.20    +0.30
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    Name                League  Position  Eye vs. RH  Eye vs. LH  Diff
    ==================  ======  ========  ==========  ==========  =====
    Gurriel, Yulieski       AL     1B/3B      0.19        2.67    -2.48
    Fletcher, David         AL 3B/2B/SS/LF    0.75        2.50    -1.75
    Lindor, Francisco       AL        SS      0.42        1.25    -0.83
    Goldschmidt, Paul       NL        1B      0.37        1.14    -0.77
    Iglesias, Jose          NL        SS      0.29        1.00    -0.71
    Hoskins, Rhys           NL     LF/1B      0.54        1.20    -0.66
    Ramos, Wilson           NL         C      0.53        1.17    -0.64
    Bryant, Kris            NL     3B/RF      0.64        1.25    -0.61
    Prado, Martin           NL     1B/3B      0.16        0.75    -0.59
    Ramirez, Jose           AL        3B      0.68        1.25    -0.57
    Peraza, Jose            NL  2B/SS/LF      0.26        0.83    -0.57
    Chirinos, Robinson      AL         C      0.37        0.93    -0.56
    Walker, Christian       NL        1B      0.22        0.76    -0.54
    Cabrera, Asdrubal       AL  3B/2B/SS      0.38        0.92    -0.54
    Abreu, Jose             AL        1B      0.19        0.71    -0.52
    Smoak, Justin           AL     1B/DH      0.82        1.33    -0.51
    Franco, Maikel          NL        3B      0.70        1.20    -0.50
    Benintendi, Andrew      AL        LF      0.33        0.83    -0.50
    Panik, Jose             NL        2B      0.73        1.20    -0.47
    Cozart, Zack            AL     3B/SS      0.11        0.57    -0.46
    Canha, Mark             AL  1B/DH/LF      0.55        1.00    -0.45
    Bruce, Jay              NL     RF/1B      0.23        0.67    -0.44
    Senzel, Nick            NL        CF      0.31        0.75    -0.44
    Encarnacion, Edwin      AL     1B/DH      0.66        1.09    -0.43
    Santana, Carlos         AL     1B/DH      0.91        1.33    -0.42
    Pillar, Kevin                     CF      0.09        0.50    -0.41
    Carpenter, Matt         NL        3B      0.52        0.92    -0.40
    McCutchen, Andrew       NL        LF      0.70        1.09    -0.39
    Vazquez, Christian      AL         C      0.24        0.63    -0.39
    Hernandez, Enrique      NL  2B/CF/SS      0.23        0.61    -0.38
    Nunez, Eduardo          AL  2B/3B/DH      0.00        0.36    -0.36
    Grandal, Yasmani        NL         C      0.59        0.93    -0.34
    Garcia, Avisail         AL     RF/DH      0.18        0.50    -0.32
    Schoop, Jonathan        AL        2B      0.10        0.42    -0.32
    Kinsler, Ian            NL        2B      0.36        0.67    -0.31
    Smith, Mallex           AL        CF      0.22        0.53    -0.31
    *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

Willy Adames (SS, TAM) hasn't produced much value so far in 2019, both on the surface (.242 BA, 6 HR, 19 RBI, .676 OPS in 231 AB) and beneath it (-1 BPV). Nonetheless, Adames has looked like an impact bat at times against RHers (.298 BA, .809 OPS, 0.37 Eye vs. RHers). He needs to overhaul his approach against lefties (.143 BA, .439 OPS, 0.24 Eye vs. LHers).

Hunter Dozier (3B/DH/1B, KC) has looked like an impact bat against right-handed pitchers (.348 BA, 1.107 OPS, 0.59 Eye in 138 AB vs. RHers). While his plate discipline holds up against lefties (0.75 Eye), the rest of his profile tanks (.213 BA, .637 OPS in 47 AB vs. LHers).

Jordan Luplow (RF, CLE) is a bat that can help you if you use him in doses. You'll want to sit him against RHers (.185 BA, 1 HR, 5 RBI, .483 OPS, 0.17 Eye in 54 AB vs. RHers). All of those numbers turn for the better when southpaws are on the mound (.290 BA, 7 HR, 12 RBI, 1.081 OPS, 0.42 Eye in 62 AB vs. LHers).

Austin Meadows (RF/DH, TAM) is a blossoming bat that has even more untapped upside. His multi-category potential is evident against RHers (.336 BA, 10 HR, 25 RBI, 7 SB, 1.051 OPS in 140 AB). His plate skills against them have been good too (13% bb%, 78% ct%, 0.65 Eye). His stats and skills all tank against lefties (.288 BA, 2 HR, 13 RBI, 1 SB, .803 OPS in 59 AB). His plate skills falter too (3% bb%, 66% ct%, 0.10 Eye vL).

Yoan Moncada (3B/2B, CHW) looks great when righties are on the mound: .311 BA, 12 HR, 32 RBI, .935 OPS in 190 AB vs. RHers. His production falls apart against lefties (.246 BA, .598 OPS in 61 AB). His patience at the plate (9% bb% vs. RHers) totally dissipates against lefties (2% bb% vs. LHers).

Jorge Polanco (SS/DH, MIN) is another growth-curve bat that has additional upside. He looks like a foundation bat against RHers (.342 BA, 1.044 OPS, 0.80 Eye in 187 AB vs. RHers). While his batting average holds up against lefties (.316 BA), his production and power both evaporate (1 HR, .741 OPS in 76 AB vs. LHers). And his plate skills go from good to poor (0.15 Eye vs. LHers).

Josh Reddick (RF, HOU) can provide some sneaky value to your offense if you use him sparingly. Few batters are better against lefties than Reddick. He has posted a .383 BA and 1.048 OPS in 47 AB vs. LHers, along with strong plate skills (8% bb%, 89% ct%, 0.80 Eye). He's more marginal than good against RHers (.706 OPS, 0.52 Eye in 186 AB vs. RHers).

Daniel Vogelbach (1B/DH, SEA) is one of the game's best bats against RHers (.302 BA, 15 HR, 32 RBI, 1.075 OPS, 0.93 Eye in 159 AB vs. RHers). You just don't want him anywhere near your active roster when lefties are on the mound (.128 BA, 2 HR, 8 RBI, .503 OPS, 0.50 Eye in 47 AB vs. LHers).
 

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Albert Almora Jr (CF, CHC) used to be a bat that delivered some promising stats and skills against lefties, while he struggled mightily against RHers. That hasn't been the case so far in 2019. He has put up a .200 BA, .542 OPS, and 0.08 Eye against lefties. All of those marks soar against RHers (.259 BA, .747 OPS, 0.50 Eye vs. RHers). While his continued groundball tilt caps his offensive potential, he still carries some immediate upside if he can turn around his results against lefties.

Brian Dozier (2B, WAS) is enjoying a huge June (.310 BA, 1.002 OPS, 93 BPV in 42 AB). Digging deeper, Dozier has looked like a masher against lefties (.364 BA, 1.117 OPS in 55 AB vs. LHers). He's still trying to climb out of a big hole against RHers (.181 BA, .591 OPS in 160 AB vs. RHers).

Enrique Hernandez (2B/CF/SS, LA) has seen his struggles return against RHers. He hasn't been worthy of your use when righties face him (.179 BA, .569 OPS, 0.23 Eye in 134 AB vs. RHers). He's roster-worthy against lefties (.259 BA, .806 OPS, 0.61 Eye in 85 AB vs. LHers).

Manny Machado (SS/3B, SD) owns the widest LH-RH production splits in the game. Few are better against lefties: .372 BA, 1.354 OPS, 0.58 Eye in 43 AB vs. LHers. He hasn't looked like a frontliner against RHers: .232 BA, .666 OPS, 0.48 Eye in 211 AB vs. RHers.

Nick Senzel (CF, CIN) has been excellent against lefties since his recall from Triple-A. He has hit for both average and power (.362 BA, 1.052 OPS in 47 AB). His plate skills have been great too (91% ct%, 0.75 Eye). Senzel still has some work to do against righties (.231 BA, .718 OPS, 66% ct%, 0.31 Eye in 104 AB vs. RHers).


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