BATTERS: Lefty-righty splits, 2017 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 2017.

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
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    Marte, Starling         NL              LF     .819         .359    +.460
    Kepler, Max             AL              RF     .850         .398    +.452
    Turner, Trea            NL        SS/CF/2B     .838         .387    +.451
    Puig, Yasiel            NL              RF     .905         .518    +.387
    Lamb, Jake              NL              3B     .979         .607    +.372
    Nava, Daniel            NL              LF     .919         .554    +.365
    Spangenberg, Cory       NL        3B/LF/2B     .848         .501    +.347
    Dyson, Jarrod           AL              CF     .735         .395    +.340
    Solarte, Yangervis      NL     2B/3B/SS/1B     .845         .516    +.329
    Harper, Bryce           AL              RF    1.126         .800    +.326
    Adams, Matt             NL           1B/LF     .890         .572    +.318
    Moore, Tyler            NL           1B/LF     .800         .487    +.313
    Vargas, Kennys          AL           1B/DH     .810         .502    +.308
    Kiermaier, Kevin        AL              CF     .898         .596    +.302
    Odor, Rougned           AL              2B     .752         .460    +.292
    Blanco, Gregor          NL              LF     .739         .447    +.292
    Gennett, Scooter        NL        2B/3B/LF     .946         .658    +.288
    Conforto, Michael       NL              LF    1.012         .729    +.283
    Freeman, Freddie        NL              1B    1.128         .847    +.281
    Mazara, Nomar           AL           LF/DH     .826         .553    +.273
    Tulowitzki, Troy        AL              SS     .750         .479    +.271
    Tomas, Yasmany          NL              LF     .843         .580    +.263
    Benintendi, Andrew      AL              LF     .847         .586    +.261
    Cano, Robinson          NL              2B     .874         .617    +.257
    Mancini, Trey           AL              1B     .925         .674    +.251
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    Name                League  Position        OPS vs. RH  OPS vs. LH  Diff
    ==================  ======  ==============  ==========  ==========  =====
    Martinez, J.D.          NL              RF     .842        1.473    -.631
    Marrero, Deven          AL              3B     .412         .949    -.537
    Ahmed, Nick             NL              SS     .568        1.078    -.510
    Camargo, Johan          NL        3B/SS/2B     .636        1.108    -.472
    Story, Trevor           NL              SS     .602        1.065    -.463
    Hernandez, Enrique      NL     CF/3B/SS/2B     .564         .984    -.420
    Renfroe, Hunter         NL              RF     .624        1.043    -.419
    McCann, James           AL               C     .634        1.051    -.417
    Arenado, Nolan          NL              3B     .868        1.277    -.409
    Turner, Justin          NL              3B     .822        1.220    -.398
    Difo, Wilmer            NL           SS/2B     .622         .998    -.376
    Hundley, Nick           NL               C     .609         .966    -.357
    Almora, Albert          NL              CF     .615         .954    -.339
    McCutchen, Andrew       NL              CF     .795        1.129    -.334
    d'Arnaud, Travis        NL               C     .596         .921    -.325
    Forsythe, Logan         NL           2B/3B     .583         .903    -.320
    Upton, Justin           AL              LF     .854        1.172    -.318
    Abreu, Jose             AL              1B     .799        1.108    -.309
    Posey, Buster           NL         C/1B/DH     .790        1.094    -.304
    Beltre, Adrian          AL              3B     .879        1.176    -.297
    Healy, Ryon             AL        3B/1B/DH     .706         .989    -.283
    Smoak, Justin           AL              1B     .868        1.137    -.269
    Cozart, Zack            NL              SS     .908        1.173    -.265
    Pillar, Kevin           AL              CF     .638         .902    -.264
    Molina, Yadier          NL               C     .705         .960    -.255
    Morales, Kendrys        AL              1B     .683         .937    -.254
    LeMahieu, D.J.          NL              2B     .706         .959    -.253
    Baez, Javier            NL        2B/SS/3B     .736         .986    -.250
    *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
    ==================  ======  ==============  ==========  ==========  =====
    Harper, Bryce           NL              RF      1.02        0.23    +0.79
    Freeman, Freddie        NL              1B      0.92        0.32    +0.60
    Wolters, Tony           NL               C      0.79        0.19    +0.60
    Heyward, Jason          NL              RF      0.75        0.18    +0.57
    Conforto, Michael       NL              LF      0.68        0.20    +0.48
    Blanco, Gregor          NL              LF      0.56        0.09    +0.47
    Murphy, Daniel          NL           2B/1B      0.86        0.39    +0.47
    Hicks, Aaron            AL              LF      0.94        0.48    +0.46
    Maybin, Cameron         AL              LF      0.78        0.33    +0.45
    Gonzalez, Carlos        NL              RF      0.55        0.13    +0.42
    Frazier, Adam           NL           LF/2B      0.75        0.33    +0.42
    Phegley, Josh           AL               C      0.42        0.00    +0.42
    Cano, Robinson          NL              2B      0.89        0.48    +0.41
    Polanco, Jorge          AL              SS      0.58        0.17    +0.41
    Miller, Brad            AL     2B/1B/SS/DH      0.73        0.33    +0.40
    Polanco, Gregory        NL              RF      0.67        0.28    +0.39
    Lamb, Jake              NL              3B      0.70        0.31    +0.39
    Ellsbury, Jacoby        AL              CF      0.71        0.32    +0.39
    Mazara, Nomar           AL           RF/DH      0.59        0.22    +0.37
    Schebler, Scott         NL              RF      0.42        0.05    +0.37
    Brantley, Michael       AL              LF      0.74        0.38    +0.36
    Flores, Wilmer          NL        3B/1B/2B      0.47        0.11    +0.36
    Yelich, Christian       NL              CF      0.65        0.30    +0.35
    Cabrera, Asdrubal       NL        SS/2B/3B      0.66        0.31    +0.35
    Shaw, Travis            NL           3B/1B      0.51        0.18    +0.33
    Belt, Brandon           NL              1B      0.75        0.42    +0.33
    Hosmer, Eric            AL              1B      0.73        0.40    +0.33
    Headley, Chase          AL           3B/1B      0.51        0.19    +0.32
    Duda, Lucas             AL           1B/DH      0.59        0.27    +0.32
    Votto, Joey             NL              1B      1.64        1.32    +0.32
    Hamilton, Billy         NL              CF      0.42        0.11    +0.31
    Thames, Eric            NL              1B      0.57        0.26    +0.31
    Happ, Ian               NL           CF/2B      0.41        0.10    +0.31
    Moustakas, Mike         AL              3B      0.40        0.10    +0.30
    Rizzo, Anthony          NL              1B      1.10        0.80    +0.30
    Spangenberg, Cory       NL        3B/LF/2B      0.37        0.07    +0.30
    Alonso, Yonder          AL              1B      0.60        0.30    +0.30
    Gamel, Ben              AL              LF      0.43        0.13    +0.30
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    Name                League  Position        Eye vs. RH  Eye vs. LH  Diff
    ==================  ======  ==============  ==========  ==========  =====
    Pedroia, Dustin         AL              2B      0.90        2.17    -1.27
    Betts, Mookie           AL              RF      0.79        1.89    -1.10
    Rendon, Anthony         NL              3B      0.85        1.78    -0.93
    Puig, Yasiel            NL              RF      0.51        1.43    -0.92
    Grossman, Robbie        AL           RF/DH      0.70        1.56    -0.86
    Posey, Buster           NL            C/1B      0.84        1.69    -0.85
    Braun, Ryan             NL              LF      0.40        1.25    -0.85
    Bryant, Kris            NL           3B/LF      0.58        1.38    -0.80
    Cruz, Nelson            AL           DH/RF      0.32        1.08    -0.76
    Beltre, Adrian          AL              3B      0.68        1.43    -0.75
    LeMahieu, D.J.          NL              2B      0.59        1.30    -0.71
    Kemp, Matt              NL           LF/DH      0.21        0.92    -0.71
    Iglesias, Jose          AL              SS      0.29        1.00    -0.71
    Smoak, Justin           AL              1B      0.41        1.08    -0.67
    Almora, Albert          NL              CF      0.20        0.86    -0.66
    McCutchen, Andrew       NL              CF      0.60        1.24    -0.64
    Renfroe, Hunter         NL              RF      0.12        0.72    -0.60
    Stanton, Giancarlo      NL              RF      0.41        1.00    -0.59
    Chisenhall, Lonnie      AL              RF      0.42        1.00    -0.58
    Marte, Jefry            AL           1B/3B      0.18        0.75    -0.57
    Realmuto, J.T.          NL               C      0.31        0.86    -0.55
    Santana, Carlos         AL        1B/DH/RF      0.73        1.28    -0.55
    Simmons, Andrelton      AL              SS      0.59        1.14    -0.55
    Flowers, Tyler          NL               C      0.30        0.82    -0.52
    Segura, Jean            NL           SS/2B      0.29        0.80    -0.51
    Contreras, Willson      NL               C      0.24        0.74    -0.50
    Margot, Manuel          NL              CF      0.21        0.71    -0.50
    Young, Chris            AL              RF      0.42        0.92    -0.50
    Kendrick, Howie         NL           2B/LF      0.22        0.70    -0.48
    Tomlinson, Kelby        NL     2B/3B/SS/LF      0.35        0.82    -0.47
    Donaldson, Josh         AL              3B      0.64        1.08    -0.44
    Castro, Starlin         AL              SS      0.18        0.62    -0.44
    Bregman, Alex           AL              3B      0.56        1.00    -0.44
    Buxton, Byron           AL              CF      0.19        0.61    -0.42
    Turner, Justin          NL              3B      1.08        1.50    -0.42
    Springer, George        AL              CF      0.42        0.83    -0.41
    Osuna, Jose             NL           RF/1B      0.15        0.55    -0.40
    Arcia, Orlando          NL              SS      0.25        0.65    -0.40
    Nunez, Eduardo          AL     3B/2B/SS/LF      0.24        0.64    -0.40
    *min 50 AB vs. LH/RH

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

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Byron Buxton (CF, MIN) has flashed some of his upper-tier upside so far in August (.304 BA, 5 HR, 7 SB , .883 OPS in 92 AB). His skill flashes can also be seen in his lefty/righty splits. Against RHers, he has rough plate control (7% bb%, 65% ct%, 0.19 Eye) and poor production (.645 OPS). All of those marks soar when he faces southpaws: 16% bb%, 73% ct%, 0.61 Eye, .752 OPS. If Buxton could learn how to draw walks at the same rate vs. RHers, he'd be able to use his elite wheels much more consistently.

Mitch Haniger (RF, SEA) is still trying to tap into the scorching start to the season that he flashed prior to his oblique injury. Digging deeper, Haniger has a solid collection of skills against righties (13% bb%, .840 OPS). His production (.608 OPS) and batting eye (0.45 Eye) both wane against lefties.

Ryon Healy (3B/1B/DH, OAK) is someone who can help you more than it might seem in certain situations. Against lefties, Healy has put up a .347 BA and .989 OPS, along with some very good power (.277 ISO). His power and production both deteriorate against RHers: .706 OPS, .182 ISO.

Max Kepler (LF, MIN) is another young bat with some extreme lefty/righty splits. He's someone you want in your active lineups when he faces righties (.850 OPS, 0.52 Eye). You just don't want him in your lineup when there's a southpaw on the mound: .398 OPS, 0.26 Eye.

James McCann (C, DET) was sent to the waiver wire in a lot of leagues early in the season, but if you heeded our advice to hold onto him, you've been rewarded with some excellent stats since July 1: .316 BA, .850 OPS, 131 HctX. In addition, he has made contact at a season-best rate so far in August (83% ct%). Ironing out his extreme LH/RH splits would help him become an upper-tier catcher. He has been handcuffed against righties (.634 OPS, 0.28 Eye). Few catchers have shown a better bat when facing southpaws (1.051 OPS, 0.50 Eye).

Justin Smoak (1B, TOR) is on his way to a career year. Credit some huge adjustments against lefties for it. He has produced at an elite level against them (.389 BA, 1.137 OPS, .284 ISO). He becomes more good than great against righties: .260 BA, .868 OPS, 0.41 Eye.

Kennys Vargas (1B/DH, MIN) can be a useful piece to your offense if you can use him when righties are on the mound. He has an .810 OPS and .225 ISO against them. You just don't want him anywhere near your active roster when there's a lefty on the mound: .502 OPS, .102 ISO.
 

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Albert Almora (CF, CHC) continues to be a young bat with more upside than it might seem. He looks like the total package when facing LHers: .348 BA, .954 OPS, 0.86 Eye. He's barely roster-worthy against righties: .253 BA, .615 OPS, 0.20 Eye. At age 23 and with this monthly shift from groundballs to line drives (16%, 17%, 19%, 23%, 33% LD%), now's the time to buy low on Almora.

Travis d'Arnaud (C, NYM) remains an intriguing speculative play given his prior top prospect upside and the results he produces against lefties: .921 OPS, 0.53 Eye. His continued deep struggles vs. RHers are the reason he hasn't produced at a consistently high level: .596 OPS, 0.26 Eye.

Wilmer Difo (SS/2B, WAS) is another bat who can produce some sneaky value in certain situations. He has been excellent against lefties this season: .370 BA, .998 OPS in 54 AB. His plate control has been solid against them too: 9% bb%, 83% ct%, 0.56 Eye. He struggles to make contact or hit for average or power against RHers: .246 BA, 74% ct%, .622 OPS, .071 ISO.

Enrique Hernandez (CF/3B/SS/2B, LA) has been one of the more impactful bats in the NL when he faces LHers: 10 HR, .984 OPS, .361 ISO. He also has drawn a ton of walks against them (16% bb%). That said, he needs to overhaul his approach against RHers: one HR, .564 OPS, .111 ISO, 0.44 Eye.

Jake Lamb (3B, ARI) is another high-upside bat who flashes that upside in certain situations. Take when righties are on the mound, for example: .295 BA, .979 OPS, 0.70 Eye. His overall numbers deteriorate rapidly against southpaws: .150 BA, .607 OPS, 0.31 Eye.

Starling Marte (LF, PIT) has not hit the ball with a lot of authority since returning from his PED suspension. All of his struggles have come against lefties (.140 BA, .359 OPS, 0.21 Eye). His impact has been much stronger vL: .312 BA, .819 OPS, 0.33 Eye.

J.D. Martinez (RF, ARI) owns some of the widest lefty/righty splits you'll find in the game. He's good but not great against RHers: .245 BA, .842 OPS, 0.41 Eye. He's been one of the best bats in either league against southpaws: .414 BA, 1.473 OPS, 0.73 Eye.

Daniel Nava (LF, PHI) isn't going to take at-bats away from electric rookie Rhys Hoskins anytime soon. But if you play in a very deep league and can spot-start him once he gets healthy, Nava has shown a good combination of average (.347 BA) and plate discipline (13% bb%, 82% ct%, 0.73 Eye) against righties. He produces no value against lefties: .170 BA, .554 OPS, 0.60 Eye.

Hunter Renfroe (RF, SD) has produced some mixed results in his rookie campaign. A poor August sent him back down to Triple-A. Digging deeper, Renfroe has looked like a frontline bat against lefties: .327 BA, 1.043 OPS. And his struggles with plate discipline turn into a strength against LHers: 13% bb%, 82% ct%, 0.72 Eye. All of his problems have come against same-sided pitchers, against whom he has managed a poor .199 BA and .624 OPS, along with horrible plate discipline: 4% bb%, 65% ct%, 0.12 Eye. Given his top-tier flashes against lefties and age, don't give up on Renfroe in keeper leagues.


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