BATTERS: Home-road splits, 2018

Let's take a look at the batters who have posted the most extreme home/road production and batting eye splits so far in 2018.

This exercise can help you adjust your daily lineups accordingly, and can also help you 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
    ==================  ======  ===============  ========  ========  =====
    Story, Trevor           NL               SS    1.169     .612    +.557
    Judge, Aaron            AL               RF    1.204     .676    +.528
    Lopez, Rafael           NL                C     .785     .319    +.466
    Renfroe, Hunter         NL               RF     .943     .485    +.458
    Goins, Ryan             AL         2B/SS/3B     .814     .356    +.458
    Gamel, Ben              AL               LF    1.005     .548    +.457
    Grichuk, Randal         AL               LF     .893     .448    +.445
    Gonzalez, Carlos        NL               RF    1.028     .612    +.416
    Smith, Mallex           AL               CF     .950     .536    +.414
    Hernandez, Enrique      NL      CF/SS/2B/3B     .943     .536    +.407
    Sisco, Chance           AL                C     .866     .478    +.388
    Jankowski, Travis       NL               RF     .901     .540    +.361
    Martinez, J.D.          AL               RF    1.230     .875    +.355
    Machado, Manny          AL            SS/3B    1.136     .781    +.355
    Posey, Buster           NL             C/1B     .978     .625    +.353
    Difo, Wilmer            NL         2B/3B/SS     .838     .497    +.341
    Descalso, Daniel        NL      2B/3B/LF/1B    1.037     .700    +.337
    Gregorius, Didi         AL               SS     .954     .622    +.332
    Benintendi, Andrew      AL               LF    1.081     .759    +.322
    Flaherty, Ryan          NL               3B     .870     .565    +.305
    Wong, Kolten            NL               2B     .719     .419    +.300
    Maile, Luke             AL                C     .876     .584    +.292
    Belt, Brandon           NL            1B/LF    1.088     .797    +.291
    Wolters, Tony           NL                C     .649     .360    +.289
    Altherr, Aaron          NL               LF     .769     .485    +.284
    Arenado, Nolan          NL               3B    1.151     .868    +.283
    Beltre, Adrian          AL               3B     .927     .655    +.272
    Betts, Mookie           AL               CF    1.287    1.016    +.271
    McMahon, Ryan           NL         1B/2B/3B     .747     .481    +.266
    Adams, Matt             NL            1B/LF    1.064     .806    +.258
    Kipnis, Jason           AL               2B     .736     .481    +.255
    Jackson, Austin         NL               CF     .732     .480    +.252
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    Name                League  Position         OPS Home  OPS Road  Diff
    ==================  ======  ===============  ========  ========  =====
    Pederson, Joc           NL               CF     .620    1.190    -.570
    Stassi, Max             AL                C     .530    1.012    -.482
    Gattis, Evan            AL             DH/C     .531    1.003    -.472
    Conforto, Michael       NL               LF     .492     .919    -.427
    Goldschmidt, Paul       NL               1B     .683    1.090    -.407
    Avila, Alex             NL                C     .271     .673    -.402
    Seager, Corey           NL               SS     .539     .933    -.394
    Zimmerman, Ryan         NL               1B     .499     .833    -.384
    Hicks, Aaron            AL               CF     .632    1.009    -.377
    Zobrist, Ben            NL            2B/LF     .617     .948    -.331
    Bruce, Jay              NL               RF     .457     .780    -.323
    Bader, Harrison         NL               RF     .556     .860    -.304
    Cozart, Zack            NL         3B/SS/2B     .505     .805    -.300
    Garcia, Leury           AL            LF/2B     .562     .846    -.284
    Lowrie, Jed             AL            2B/3B     .684     .963    -.279
    Gonzalez, Adrian        NL               1B     .534     .803    -.269
    Altuve, Jose            AL               2B     .753    1.015    -.262
    Carpenter, Matt         NL         3B/1B/2B     .701     .958    -.257
    Olson, Matt             AL               1B     .657     .913    -.256
    Utley, Chase            NL               2B     .499     .749    -.250
    Gentry, Craig           AL               LF     .476     .719    -.243
    Molina, Yadier          NL                C     .668     .906    -.238
    Chirinos, Robinson      AL                C     .572     .802    -.230
    Gyorko, Jedd            NL            3B/2B     .608     .838    -.230
    Correa, Carlos          AL               SS     .727     .954    -.227
    Trout, Mike             AL               CF    1.023    1.245    -.222
    Stanton, Giancarlo      AL            LF/DH     .713     .931    -.218
    Flowers, Tyler          NL                C     .670     .887    -.217
    Happ, Ian               NL            CF/2B     .653     .867    -.214
    Parra, Gerardo          NL               LF     .622     .835    -.213
    Blanco, Gregor          NL               LF     .532     .743    -.211
    Davidson, Matt          AL         3B/1B/DH     .709     .918    -.209
    LeMahieu, D.J.          NL               2B     .686     .890    -.204
    Albies, Ozzie           NL               2B     .668     .871    -.203
    Brinson, Lewis          NL               CF     .452     .652    -.200
    *min 50 PA home/road

These hitters have posted the widest home/road batting eye ratio splits:

  • Eye ratio (BB/K), LH vs. RH*
    
    Name                League  Position         Eye Home  Eye Road  Diff
    ==================  ======  ===============  ========  ========  =====
    Wolters, Tony           NL                C     2.00     0.31    +1.69
    Frazier, Adam           NL            LF/2B     1.60     0.41    +1.19
    Jankowski, Travis       NL               RF     1.33     0.22    +1.11
    Soto, Juan              NL               LF     1.38     0.42    +0.96
    Rizzo, Anthony          NL               1B     1.42     0.48    +0.94
    Delmonico, Nick         AL               LF     1.20     0.29    +0.91
    Dyson, Jarrod           NL               CF     1.40     0.52    +0.88
    Machado, Manny          AL            SS/3B     1.24     0.43    +0.81
    Narvaez, Omar           AL                C     1.00     0.39    +0.61
    Posey, Buster           NL             C/1B     1.17     0.58    +0.59
    Cervelli, Francisco     NL                C     0.95     0.43    +0.52
    Duvall, Adam            NL               LF     0.68     0.18    +0.50
    Peraza, Jose            NL            SS/2B     0.71     0.21    +0.50
    Blandino, Alex          NL         2B/3B/SS     0.56     0.07    +0.49
    Renfroe, Hunter         NL               RF     0.64     0.15    +0.49
    Hechavarria, Adeiny     AL               SS     0.63     0.14    +0.49
    Trumbo, Mark            AL            DH/RF     0.57     0.08    +0.49
    Smith, Mallex           AL               CF     0.73     0.25    +0.48
    Shaw, Travis            NL               3B     0.96     0.48    +0.48
    Flaherty, Ryan          NL               3B     0.82     0.35    +0.47
    Profar, Jurickson       NL      SS/2B/3B/LF     0.89     0.44    +0.45
    Gregorius, Didi         AL               SS     0.87     0.44    +0.43
    Judge, Aaron            AL               RF     0.73     0.31    +0.42
    Gonzalez, Adrian        NL               1B     0.67     0.26    +0.41
    Duda, Lucas             NL               1B     0.55     0.15    +0.40
    Fowler, Dexter          NL               CF     0.80     0.40    +0.40
    Castro, Starlin         NL               2B     0.58     0.18    +0.40
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    Name                League  Position         Eye Home  Eye Road  Diff
    ==================  ======  ===============  ========  ========  =====
    Turner, Justin          NL               3B     0.83     2.00    -1.17
    Pederson, Joc           NL               CF     0.31     1.36    -1.05
    Zobrist, Ben            NL            2B/LF     0.63     1.67    -1.04
    Votto, Joey             NL               1B     0.88     1.69    -0.81
    Bell, Josh              NL               1B     0.29     1.09    -0.80
    Simmons, Andrelton      AL               SS     2.00     2.75    -0.75
    Forsythe, Logan         NL            2B/3B     0.27     1.00    -0.73
    Ohtani, Shohei          AL               DH     0.21     0.79    -0.58
    Seager, Corey           NL               SS     0.45     1.00    -0.55
    Solarte, Yangervis      AL         2B/3B/SS     0.25     0.80    -0.55
    Altuve, Jose            AL               2B     0.40     0.94    -0.54
    Muncy, Max              NL         1B/3B/LF     0.58     1.06    -0.48
    Lucroy, Jonathan        AL                C     0.30     0.77    -0.47
    Diaz, Aledmys           AL               SS     0.13     0.60    -0.47
    McCann, Brian           AL                C     0.24     0.69    -0.45
    Blanco, Gregor          NL               LF     0.00     0.44    -0.44
    Franco, Maikel          NL               3B     0.24     0.67    -0.43
    Barnes, Austin          NL             C/2B     0.42     0.85    -0.43
    Flowers, Tyler          NL                C     0.40     0.83    -0.42
    Torres, Gleyber         NL               2B     0.13     0.55    -0.42
    *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

Andrew Benintendi (LF, BOS) is on his way to his best season yet. He could flirt with a 30-30 season if he has an even bigger second half. His .909 OPS and 0.76 Eye are both career-high marks, and his 88 BPV is nearly double the 46 BPV he showed in 2017. He has been an elite bat at home (1.081 OPS, 1.00 Eye) too. If he converts some of that production when he hits on the road (.759 OPS, 0.67 Eye), Benintendi could cash in on his $30+ breakout potential.

Didi Gregorius (SS, NYY) has rebounded in June after a rough May. Digging deeper, he has been a must-start when hitting in Yankee Stadium (.954 OPS), where his plate approach there has been really good (0.87 Eye). Conversely, his production tails off significantly on the road (.622 OPS), as does his plate discipline (0.44 Eye).

Randall Grichuk (LF, TOR) is showing flashes of taking a sustained step forward, even if his aggregate results have not been good (.192 BA, .703 OPS in 130 AB). For example, check out his production and plate approach at home (.893 OPS, 0.39 Eye). He really struggles to do much of anything on the road (.448 OPS), where some of his plate control demons return (0.22 Eye).

Aaron Judge (RF, NYY) has really struggled away from Yankee Stadium in 2018. He has a mediocre .676 OPS and suspect 0.31 Eye on the road. In comparison, he has looked like an elite bat when hitting at home (1.204 OPS, 0.73 Eye). Most of his owners won't sit him on the road given his upside, but if you play in a shallow league, doing so would help you maximize your value from him.

Jurickson Profar (SS/2B/3B/LF, TEX) has enjoyed hitting in Arlington, where his production resembles the upside he used to carry (.875 OPS), and he has done so without opening up his swing (0.89 Eye). Both his production and plate approach wane on the road (.645 OPS, 0.44 Eye).

Mallex Smith (CF, TAM) is a hitter who can have good value if you use him when he plays at home. He has produced a strong .950 OPS and carries a solid 0.73 Eye when he hits at home. He hasn't been roster-worthy on the road (.536 OPS, 0.25 Eye). With good plate discipline at home, those mining for steals in the second half could do worse than using Smith during his home starts.
 

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Michael Conforto (CF, NYM) is struggling to add any value when he hits at home (.492 OPS, 0.45 Eye). Both of those marks surge significantly away from his home park (.919 OPS, 0.74 Eye). With an elite 185 xPX so far in June and production this month that has been held back by a fluky 24% h%, now's a good time to buy low on Conforto.

Travis Jankowski (RF, SD) has been a Jekyll-and-Hyde performer so far in 2018. At home, he's someone who can provide value to you in nearly every format (.901 OPS, 1.33 Eye). Those marks have been completely reversed on the road (.540 OPS, 0.22 Eye). He's another hitter with good legs who could provide SB help down the stretch, especially during his home starts.

Joc Pederson (CF, LA) has looked like an upper-tier bat when he hits away from Dodger Stadium. He has posted an electric 1.190 OPS and elite 1.36 Eye on the road. By contrast, he has struggled to make an impact at home (.620 OPS, 0.31 Eye). His total package has been elite so far in June (1.023 OPS, 254 BPV in 43 AB). He's just not someone you want to use against lefties (.334 OPS vL).

Hunter Renfroe (RF, SD) is a growth target whose upside comes out during his home starts. He has a .943 OPS and 0.64 Eye when he hits at home. He hasn't been able to do anything away from SD (.485 OPS, 0.15 Eye). His overall rates of hard contact (139 HctX) and underlying power (123 xPX) suggest he remains a good speculation, especially in keeper leagues.

Trevor Story (SS, COL) might seem like a hitter you want in your active lineup no matter if he's hitting at home or is on the road. Not so fast though. He has looked excellent in Coors Field (1.169 OPS, 0.50 Eye). But he hasn't been roster-worthy on the road (.612 OPS, 0.21 Eye).

Ben Zobrist (2B/LF, CHC) is on the downswing of his career, and his overall production has been more replacement-level than impactful (.290 BA, 5 HR, 26 RBI, .814 OPS in 193 AB). That said, you can milk good value from him when he hits on the road (.948 OPS, 1.67 Eye). His value diminishes rapidly when hitting in Wrigley Field (.617 OPS, 0.63 Eye).


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