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. Also, SP projections are being made far in advance, some shifting is inevitable.
Top Batters vs. RHP
Adam Lind: 4/9 vs. Lucas Harrell, 4/11 @ Bud Norris, 4/12 @ Chris Tillman, 4/13 @ Ubaldo Jimenez
Daniel Nava: 4/7 vs. Tanner Scheppers, 4/10 @ Michael Pineda, 4/12 @ Hiroki Kuroda, 4/13 @ Ivan Nova
Brandon Moss: 4/7 @ Kevin Correia, 4/9 @ Phil Hughes, 4/10 @ Mike Pelfrey, 4/11 @ Felix Hernandez
Jason Castro: 4/9 @ Brandon Morrow, 4/10 @ Dustin McGowan, 4/11 @ Colby Lewis
**Sustained a bruised foot Thursday after being hit by two pitches. Did not play Friday and is not in Saturday’s lineup. Considered day-to-day.
Coco Crisp: 4/7 @ Kevin Correia, 4/9 @ Phil Hughes, 4/10 @ Mike Pelfrey, 4/11 @ Felix Hernandez
Andre Ethier: 4/8 vs. Max Scherzer, 4/9 vs. Anibal Sanchez, 4/11 @ Brandon McCarthy, 4/13 @ Trevor Cahill
Justin Smoak: 4/9 vs. Garrett Richards, 4/12 vs. Sonny Gray
**Getting plenty of early breakout buzz. Facing multiple left-handed starters next week will be a good test.
Top Batters vs. LHP
Derek Norris: 4/13 vs. James Paxton
Brian Dozier: 4/7 vs. Scott Kazmir, 4/11 vs. Bruce Chen, 4/13 vs. Jason Vargas
Marlon Byrd: none
**Reservedly endorsed due to a high BABIP and low BB/K against southpaws in 2013
Jhonny Peralta: 4/7 vs. Tony Cingrani
**Unenthusiastically endorsed for the same reasons as Byrd
Chris Johnson: 4/13 vs. Gio Gonzalez
**Reluctantly included for the same reasons as Peralta, Byrd
Nick Swisher: 4/9 vs. Eric Stults, 4/10 @ John Danks, 4/11 @ Chris Sale, 4/13 @ Jose Quintana
**With four advantageous games, and three facing relatively weak pitchers, Swisher is poised to get the biggest value bump this week
Alfonso Soriano: 4/8 vs. Wei-Yin Chen, 4/11 vs. Jon Lester, 4/13 vs. Felix Doubront
Mike Napoli: 4/8 vs. Martin Perez, 4/9 vs. Robbie Ross, 4/11 @ CC Sabathia