April 12, 2014 posted by Chuck Anderson

2014 Fantasy Baseball Memoirs From the Platoon: April 14 – 20

2014 Fantasy Baseball Memoirs From the Platoon:  April 14 – 20
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When is Brian Dozier a more dangerous hitter than Chris Davis?  Easy, when Dozier gets to feast on left handed pitching.  The Minnesota middle infielder had a 171 wRC+ against southpaws in 2013 while Davis produced 167 wRC+ overall.  Using platoon splits to one’s advantage allows a smart fantasy owner to improve their offense, often cheaply. To begin the season this weekly planner will select hitters who were among the top 30 in wRC+ against pitchers from either side.  Of course most who qualify are universally owned and started, but not all.  Some other notable players will be sprinkled in as well.  Also, SP projections are being made far in advance, some shifting is inevitable.

Top Batters vs. RHP

Adam Lind:  4/15 @ Phil Hughes, 4/16 @ Mike Pelfrey, 4/17 @ Kyle Gibson, 4/18 @ Carlos Carrasco, 4/19 @ Corey Kluber, 4/20 @ Zach McAllister

** Although the Jays are on the road every starter they face is right handed.  None are elite pitchers either.  Lind is the pick of the week.


Daniel Nava:  4/15 @ Erik Johnson, 4/18 vs. Bud Norris, 4/19 vs. Ubaldo Jimenez


Brandon Moss:  4/15 @ Garrett Richards, 4/18 vs. Jarred Cosart, 4/20 vs. Lucas Harrell


Jason Castro:  4/15 vs. Yordano Ventura, 4/16 vs. Jeremy Guthrie, 4/18 @ Sonny Gray, 4/20 @ Jesse Chavez


Coco Crisp: 4/15 @ Garrett Richards, 4/18 vs. Jarred Cosart, 4/20 vs. Lucas Harrell


Andre Ethier:  4/15 @ Tim Lincecum, 4/16 @ Ryan Vogelsong, 4/19 vs. Trevor Cahill, 4/20 vs. Bronson Arroyo


Justin Smoak:  4/15 @ Colby Lewis, 4/16 @ Yu Darvish, 4/17 @ Tanner Scheppers, 4/18 @ Nate Eovaldi, 4/19 @ Henderson Alvarez


Christian Yelich:  4/14 vs. Jordan Zimmermann, 4/15 vs. Stephen Strasburg, 4/16 vs. Tanner Roark, 4/18 vs. Chris Young

**Did not garner enough PAs to qualify last year, but has tuned up righties at a .360/.440/.497 clip in his brief career


Top Batters vs. LHP

Derek Norris:  4/14 vs. Hector Santiago, 4/16 vs. Tyler Skaggs, 4/19 vs. Brett Oberholtzer


Brian Dozier:  4/19 @ Jason Vargas


Marlon Byrd:  4/17 @ Alex Wood, 4/19 vs. Franklin Morales

**BB/K checks in at 0.17 for 2014 so using him is still risky


Jhonny Peralta:  4/18 @ Gio Gonzalez

**Improved to a 1.50 BB/K vs. LHP in very limited 2014 action


Chris Johnson:  4/15 @ Cliff Lee, 4/18 vs. Jon Niese

**So far has a 40% K% against lefties without drawing a walk


Nick Swisher:  4/19 vs. Mark Buehrle


Alfonso Soriano:  4/16 vs. Travis Wood


Mike Napoli:  4/16 @ John Danks, 4/17 @ Chris Sale, 4/20 vs. Wei-Yin Chen


Danny Valencia:  4/16 @ Dallas Keuchel

**.327/.364/.509 with a 0.46 BB/K against southpaws in his career.  He could easily push the struggling Mike Moustakas into a platoon


Cody Ross:  4/19 @ Paul Maholm

**Currently with Arizona’s Triple-A team on a rehab assignment, he has a career .279 ISO vs. LHP in 1030 PA.


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