BATTERS: Home/road splits, 2017 updated

Let's take an updated look at the batters who have posted the most extreme home/road production and batting eye splits so far in 2017.

This exercise can help you maximize the production from your lineups down the stretch 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
    ==================  ======  ===============  ========  ========  =====
    Collins, Tyler          AL               CF     .933     .347    +.586
    Almonte, Abraham        AL               RF     .942     .394    +.548
    Blackmon, Charlie       NL               CF    1.297     .783    +.514
    Valaika, Pat            NL         SS/3B/2B    1.085     .580    +.505
    Vazquez, Christian      AL                C     .984     .482    +.502
    Tapia, Raimel           NL               RF    1.046     .599    +.447
    Tomas, Yasmany          NL               LF     .964     .548    +.416
    Kivlehan, Patrick       NL            RF/1B     .940     .542    +.398
    DeJong, Paul            NL            SS/2B    1.141     .748    +.393
    Marisnick, Jake         AL               CF    1.028     .638    +.390
    Reynolds, Mark          NL               1B    1.060     .693    +.367
    Montero, Miguel         NL                C     .886     .519    +.367
    Drury, Brandon          NL         2B/3B/LF     .933     .577    +.356
    Taylor, Michael         NL               CF     .983     .636    +.347
    Parra, Gerardo          NL            LF/1B    1.053     .720    +.333
    Romine, Austin          AL             C/1B     .761     .444    +.317
    Goodwin, Brian          NL               CF     .967     .651    +.316
    Beltre, Adrian          AL               3B    1.060     .748    +.312
    Mazara, Nomar           AL            RF/DH     .931     .620    +.311
    Judge, Aaron            AL               RF    1.187     .877    +.310
    Gomez, Carlos           AL               CF     .943     .636    +.307
    Martin, Russell         AL                C     .910     .605    +.305
    Plouffe, Trevor         AL               3B     .749     .447    +.302
    Cabrera, Miguel         AL            1B/DH     .918     .617    +.301
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    Name                League  Position         OPS Home  OPS Road  Diff
    ==================  ======  ===============  ========  ========  =====
    Altuve, Jose            AL               2B     .811    1.172    -.361
    Hechavarria, Adeiny     NL               SS     .345     .685    -.340
    Granderson, Curtis      NL               RF     .632     .972    -.340
    Frazier, Todd           AL               3B     .580     .905    -.325
    Realmuto, J.T.          NL                C     .645     .970    -.325
    Phegley, Josh           AL                C     .453     .770    -.317
    Suzuki, Kurt            NL                C     .677     .979    -.302
    Murphy, Daniel          NL             2B/1B    .793    1.082    -.289
    Lobaton, Jose           NL                C     .372     .654    -.282
    Panik, Joe              NL               2B     .573     .853    -.280
    Morrison, Logan         AL            1B/DH     .720     .998    -.278
    Walker, Neil            NL               2B     .683     .949    -.266
    Schebler, Scott         NL               LF     .631     .896    -.265
    Cespedes, Yoenis        NL               LF     .689     .950    -.261
    Pham, Tommy             NL               LF     .765    1.026    -.261
    Jackson, Austin         AL               CF     .736     .995    -.259
    Russell, Addison        NL               SS     .583     .838    -.255
    Suzuki, Ichiro          NL               RF     .484     .736    -.252
    *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
    ==================  ======  ===============  ========  ========  =====
    Beltre, Adrian          AL               3B     1.36     0.48    +0.88
    Hicks, Aaron            AL               CF     1.33     0.46    +0.87
    Rojas, Miguel           NL      SS/3B/2B/1B     1.43     0.56    +0.87
    Jay, Jon                NL               LF     0.91     0.27    +0.64
    Blackmon, Charlie       NL               CF     0.78     0.24    +0.54
    Tulowitzki, Troy        AL               SS     0.75     0.21    +0.54
    Kivlehan, Patrick       NL            RF/1B     0.75     0.23    +0.52
    Szczur, Matt            NL               LF     1.30     0.79    +0.51
    Barnes, Austin          NL                C     1.12     0.62    +0.50
    Vazquez, Christian      AL                C     0.64     0.14    +0.50
    Ozuna, Marcell          NL               LF     0.74     0.25    +0.49
    Pedroia, Dustin         AL               2B     1.38     0.90    +0.48
    Lindor, Francisco       AL               SS     0.78     0.32    +0.46
    Fowler, Dexter          NL               CF     0.97     0.51    +0.46
    Smith, Mallex           AL               CF     0.67     0.22    +0.45
    Ramirez, Jose           AL         3B/2B/LF     0.95     0.50    +0.45
    Simmons, Andrelton      AL               SS     1.00     0.55    +0.45
    Solarte, Yangervis      NL            3B/2B     1.06     0.63    +0.43
    Drew, Stephen           NL            SS/3B     0.60     0.18    +0.42
    Gordon, Dee             NL               2B     0.58     0.16    +0.42
    Narvaez, Omar           AL                C     1.13     0.72    +0.41
    Asuaje, Carlos          NL               2B     0.59     0.19    +0.40
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    Marte, Ketel            NL               SS     0.26     1.60    -1.34
    Markakis, Nick          NL               RF     0.25     1.12    -0.87
    Altuve, Jose            AL               2B     0.37     1.11    -0.74
    Santana, Carlos         AL         1B/DH/RF     0.58     1.15    -0.57
    Suzuki, Ichiro          NL               RF     0.19     0.75    -0.56
    Carrera, Ezequiel       AL               LF     0.21     0.74    -0.53
    Zobrist, Ben            NL         2B/LF/1B     0.58     1.10    -0.52
    Grossman, Robbie        AL            RF/DH     0.74     1.22    -0.48
    Jackson, Austin         AL               CF     0.36     0.81    -0.45
    Walker, Neil            NL               2B     0.45     0.89    -0.44
    Sogard, Eric            NL         2B/SS/3B     0.82     1.23    -0.41
    Chisenhall, Lonnie      AL               RF     0.35     0.74    -0.39
    Romine, Andrew          AL  CF/1B/2B/3B/SS/DH   0.15     0.54    -0.39
    Stewart, Chris          NL                C     0.00     0.38    -0.38
    Maxwell, Bruce          AL                C     0.48     0.85    -0.37
    Forsythe, Logan         NL            2B/3B     0.46     0.83    -0.37
    Suzuki, Kurt            NL                C     0.33     0.67    -0.34
    Wolters, Troy           NL                C     0.38     0.71    -0.33
    Lowrie, Jed             AL            2B/DH     0.50     0.81    -0.31
    Gregorius, Didi         AL               SS     0.19     0.50    -0.31
    Rendon, Anthony         NL               3B     0.88     1.19    -0.31
    Garcia, Leury           AL               CF     0.04     0.34    -0.30
    Morrison, Logan         AL            1B/DH     0.45     0.75    -0.30
    *min 50 PA home/road

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

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Abraham Almonte (RF, CLE) is on the disabled list with a hamstring strain, and given his overall .222 BA and .672 OPS, he wouldn't seem to be someone worth stashing, even in deep leagues. But his home/road splits reveal some reasons for speculation. He has posted a strong .942 OPS at home compared to a terrible .394 OPS on the road.

Austin Jackson (CF, CLE) is another CLE OF who produces some nice value in doses. Few batters have a more well-rounded skill set than Jackson does, at least when he hits on the road: .995 OPS, 0.81 Eye. Both his production and plate recognition wane at home: .736 OPS, 0.36 Eye. Now that he's healthy, Jackson remains a premium 4th/5th OF target.

Jake Marisnick (CF, HOU) has produced more value than expected this season. When he hits at home, he has been one of the most impactful batters in the game: .315 BA, 1.028 OPS. Those numbers have reversed themselves on the road: .183 BA, .638 OPS. Just note that his plate discipline remains terrible in both situations (0.19 Eye at home, 0.26 Eye on the road), so don't expect more overall growth from Marisnick until he can make better contact.

Logan Morrison (1B/DH, TAM) is on his way to producing a $15 return in 2017, by far the best of his career. Interestingly, nearly all of his value this season has been generated on the road (.269 BA, 20 HR, .998 OPS). His stats tank when he hits at home (.225 BA, 8 HR, .720 OPS). His pitch recognition also is much better on the road (0.45 Eye at home, 0.75 Eye on road).

Nomar Mazara (RF/DH, TEX) has put up some decent numbers so far in 2017 (.262 BA, 16 HR, 82 RBI). There is some concern though that those stats are the result of hitting in Arlington. He has been excellent at home: .322 BA, .931 OPS. Conversely, he has been very bad on the road: .197 BA, .620 OPS. Owners that want to maximize their production from Mazara should sit him on the road until he makes gains with this split.

Christian Vazquez (C, BOS) is posting stats that are decent (.286 BA, 3 HR, 24 RBI in 234 AB). Truth be told, he has been very good at home: .381 BA, 3 HR, 15 RBI. .984 OPS. He's someone you want to keep far from your active roster when he's not at home: .198 BA, 0 HR, 9 RBI, .482 OPS.
 

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Charlie Blackmon (CF, COL) is a premium player who becomes truly elite when he hits at home: .397 BA, 19 HR, 42 RBI, 1.297 OPS, 0.78 Eye. Every one of those marks tanks away from COL: .285 BA, 10 HR, 35 RBI, .783 OPS, 0.24 Eye. This wide home/road split is an indication that it's vital to play him everyday when he's at home, but those in very shallow leagues should consider sitting him when he's on the road if you have stronger alternatives.

Paul DeJong (SS/2B, STL) has been two different players when he hits at home and when he's on the road. At home, he has been well worth using: .375 BA, 1.141 OPS, 0.32 Eye. On the road, he has produced power (10 HR) but his overall production has been mediocre (.748 OPS). And he has posted a horrible 1/57 BB/K in 154 AB on the road, so his road woes aren't likely to change anytime soon until he overhauls his approach there.

Ketel Marte (SS, ARI) is a young bat with more upside than it might seem. He features both production and plate control when he's on the road: .954 OPS, 1.60 Eye. His production is more average than impactful at home (.756 OPS), where his batting eye tanks too (0.26 Eye).

Marcell Ozuna (LF, MIA) is on his way to a full breakout in 2017. Credit some fantastic stats and skills when he hits in MIA: .332 BA, 1.006 OPS, 0.74 Eye. His production erodes significantly on the road (.806 OPS), and the gains he has made in his plate control evaporate away from MIA (0.25 Eye).

Tommy Pham (LF, STL) is closing in a 20 HR, 20 SB season. Interestingly, nearly all of that value has come when he plays on the road. He has a .333 BA, 13 HR, and 1.026 OPS there. At home, his power and production have been very marginal: 3 HR, .765 OPS. Use this to your advantage if you have alternatives when he's at home.

Raimel Tapia (RF, COL) is another TEX and COL bat who is much better at home than on the road, albeit in a small sample size. He has put up excellent stats at home (.396 BA, 1.046 OPS in 48 AB). His stats haven't been roster worthy away from COL: .216 BA, .599 OPS.

Pat Valaika (SS/3B/2B, COL) has generated some surprising power so far in 2017 (10 HR, .852 OPS in 143 AB). Digging deeper, he's a must-start when he's playing at home: .325 BA, 1.085 OPS. You don't want him anywhere near your active roster when he's on the road: .212 BA, .580 OPS. In addition, his already-shaky plate control crumbles when he's away from COL: 3% bb%, 68% ct%, 0.10 Eye.


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