Welcome to the third week of the platoon planner. 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. Adam Lind had five games against righties lined up, but he landed on the disabled list with back pain. Jed Lowrie makes his debut this week, the switch hitter has a career 124 wRC+ when facing lefties.
Top Batters vs. RHP
Daniel Nava: 4/22 vs. Masahiro Tanaka, 4/23 vs. Michael Pineda, 4/26 @ Brandon Morrow, 4/27 @ R.A. Dickey
Brandon Moss: 4/21 vs. Yu Darvish, 4/22 vs. Nick Martinez, 4/25 @ Brad Peacock, 4/27 @ Scott Feldman
Jason Castro: 4/21 @ Felix Hernandez, 4/22 @ Erasmo Ramirez, 4/23 @ Chris Young, 4/25 vs. Jesse Chavez, 4/26 vs. Dan Straily
Coco Crisp: 4/21 vs. Yu Darvish, 4/22 vs. Nick Martinez, 4/25 @ Brad Peacock, 4/27 @ Scott Feldman
Andre Ethier: 4/22 vs. A.J. Burnett, 4/24 vs. Kyle Kendrick, 4/25 vs. Jordan Lyles, 4/26 vs. Juan Nicasio
Justin Smoak: 4/22 vs. Scott Feldman, 4/23 vs. Jarred Cosart, 4/25 vs. Colby Lewis, 4/27 vs. Yu Darvish
Christian Yelich: 4/21 @ Julio Teheran, 4/23 @ Aaron Harang, 4/25 @ Zack Wheeler, 4/26 @ Jenrry Mejia, 4/27 @ Dillon Gee
**He is hitting .338/.403/.415 so should be in lineups almost every day
Top Batters vs. LHP
Derek Norris: 4/23 vs. Martin Perez, 4/24 vs. Brett Oberholtzer, 4/26 vs. Dallas Keuchel
Brian Dozier: 4/23 @ David Price, 4/24 @ Erik Bedard
Marlon Byrd: 4/21 @ Paul Maholm, 4/22 @ Huyn-Jin Ryu
**Risky to use because his numbers were driven by a high BABIP. His BB/K was also very low
Jhonny Peralta: 4/23 @ Jon Niese, 4/26 vs. Francisco Liriano
**Risky, see above
Chris Johnson: None
**It is baffling that he has a .300 OBP with a 0.06 BB/K
Nick Swisher: 4/23 vs. Jason Vargas, 4/24 vs. Bruce Chen
Alfonso Soriano: 4/22 @ Jon Lester, 4/24 @ Felix Doubront, 4/25 vs. C.J. Wilson, 4/26 vs. Hector Santiago
**Faces four southpaws in hitter friendly parks. He is the pick of the week.
Mike Napoli: 4/21 vs. Wei-Yin Chen, 4/24 vs. CC Sabathia, 4/25 @ Mark Buehrle
**A dislocated finger may reduce his power for a little while.
Danny Valencia: 4/26 @ Wei-Yin Chen
**Started Kansas City’s only game last week facing a left handed starter. He went 2-3 with a home run.
Cody Ross: 4/22 @ Travis Wood, 4/26 vs. Cliff Lee
**Was activated Friday and hit fifth in the lineup
Jed Lowrie: 4/23 vs. Martin Perez, 4/24 vs. Brett Oberholtzer, 4/26 vs. Dallas Keuchel