The group of 2014 leaders seems more sustainable this week, but expect plenty of turnover as the season is still young. Many of the leaders against left handed pitching do not even have 50 plate appearances yet.
Top Batters vs. RHP
Seth Smith: 5/20 vs. Kevin Correia, 5/21 vs. Phil Hughes, 5/22 vs. Jeff Samardzija, 5/23 vs. Edwin Jackson, 5/25 vs. Jake Arrieta
**His .390 BABIP is helping out, but his other indicators are solid and he owns a career 124 wRC+ against righties. He is the Pick of the Week.
John Jaso: 5/20 @ Jake Odorizzi, 5/22 @ Chris Archer, 5/24 @ R.A. Dickey
**The other half of Oakland’s catching duo is heating up, his wOBA has risen 250 points in May while his strikeout rate dropped from 30.4% to 11.8%.
Ike Davis: 5/23 vs. Jordan Zimmermann, 5/24 vs. Stephen Strasburg, 5/25 vs. Doug Fister
**His overall OPS is up over 50 points since joining the Pirates
David Murphy: 5/20 v.s Justin Verlander, 5/21 vs. Max Scherzer
**Posting a .390 OBP and 1.00 BB/K against righties
Matt Joyce: 5/22 vs. Sonny Gray, 5/23 vs. John Lackey, 5/24 vs. Jake Peavy
Adam Lind: 5/21 @ Clay Buchholz, 5/24 vs. Jesse Chavez
Lonnie Chisenhall: 5/20 vs. Justin Verlander, 5/21 vs. Max Scherzer
**A 0.22 BB/K, .110 ISO, and .453 BABIP are not great indicators for future success
Miguel Montero: 5/20 @ Adam Wainwright, 5/21 @ Michael Wacha, 5/22 @ Lance Lynn, 5/23 @ Bartolo Colon, 5/24 @ Zack Wheeler, 5/25 @ Rafael Montero
**2.11 BB/K so far vs. RHP. That is a big jump over his career 0.59 level, but he also has a high in line drive rate and low popup rate in the split.
Top Batters vs. LHP
Scott Van Slyke: 5/22 @ Jon Niese, 5/23 @ Cliff Lee
Brandon Crawford: 5/20 @ Franklin Morales, 5/22 @ Jorge De La Rosa
Marlon Byrd: 5/23 @ Clayton Kershaw
Derek Norris: 5/21 @ Erik Bedard, 5/23 @ Mark Buehrle
Mike Olt: 5/22 @ Eric Stults, 5/23 @ Robbie Erlin
**His low BABIP on the split suggests he is a very strong play
Sean Rodriguez: 5/20 vs. Drew Pomeranz, 5/21 vs. Tom Milone, 5/25 vs. Felix Doubront
**Ben Zobrist’s injury opens up more playing time for the utility man
Alfonso Soriano: 5/22 @ Chris Sale, 5/23 @ John Danks
Jed Lowrie: 5/21 @ Erik Bedard, 5/23 @ Mark Buehrle
Austin Jackson: 5/23 vs. Robbie Ross
**His BB/K against southpaws was never over 0.60 but it is 1.67 in 2014
***Baltimore has yet to reveal its starting pitchers for next week, leaving games against Pittsburgh (20, 21) and Cleveland (22-25) uncertain. The Orioles feature a predominantly right handed rotation.