Welcome To Splitsville Part 2

July 16, 2010

Originally published on Advanced Fantasy Baseball. Stats current as of the All-Star break.

…Continued from Part One

Here’s the rest of my 2010 All-Splits team for players owned by 50% or fewer teams according to Yahoo.

Vs. Righties

C: John Jaso (6% owned) Although he’s cooled considerably since May, the 26 year old catcher came seemingly out of nowhere to perform admirably behind the plate for the Rays. Jaso has put together nice numbers against righties, going .295/.412/.397 in 177 PA, while struggling against lefties in limited action. Interestingly enough, Jaso’s MiLB Splits are pretty even throughout his five years on the farm. With enough plate appearances against big league lefties (since returning from injury, the struggling Kelly Shoppach has been getting a lot of appearances against southpaws), Jaso might be able to prove he’s deserving of a full-time gig.

1B: Lyle Overbay (4% owned) It seems like you could pencil Overbay into this list every year and still somehow he manages to hold down a full-time job in Toronto. The veteran first baseman has always done better against right-handers (.264/.353/.443 in 269 PA so far in 2010) while doing little against lefties, but that split is even more dramatic this season as he’s stunk it up to a tune of .192/.232/.308 so far. With first base so rich in talent, there’s no reason to have to roster Overbay outside of the deepest of leagues. If you do however (maybe you own Kendry Morales and Todd Helton, both shelved with injuries), you’d do well to sit him against lefties or platoon him with a guy like Daric Barton or Adam Rosales.

2B: Omar Infante (9% owned) The man who may forever be known (through no fault of his own) as the worst All-Star selection ever is the only 2010 All-Star to also make my All-Splits team. The jack-of-all-trades has been consistently mediocre from both sides of the plate through out his nine years of mostly part-time, MLB play. This season however, the right-handed Infante has shown infinite prowess if not power against righty hurlers, posting a .364/.384/.447 in 138 PA in while disappearing against lefties in limited time (.262/.303/.311 in 67 PA). If he receives regular playing time, I would expect that gap to close quite a bit before season’s end.

SS: Wilson Valdez (3% owned) Wait, what? Yeah I put Valdez on this list, what of it? That’s how shallow SS is and the 32 year old journeyman plays in a hitter’s paradise. While starting in place of the injured Jimmy Rollins at short and now Chase Utley over at second, Valdez has proved useful against righties (.283/.300/.449 with all 4 of his HR in 133 PA), while doing next to nothing against southpaws. Outside of a hot streak, I don’t think he’s rosterable in 12 team mixed, but I did have him for a cup of coffee on my 15 team mixed league a few weeks ago.

3B: Chase Headley (45% owned) The Padres every day third baseman started off like a ball of fire in April, only to come back down to earth with a thud in May and June. He’s been picking it up again lately however, and remains solid against right-handed pitching going .306/.351/.427 with 5 of his 6 homers in 251 PA. His weakness against left-handers remains glaring however, as he’s been shut down to the tune of .197/.258/.248 in 129 PA. His sneaky speed makes you want to pencil him in every day in case he swipes a bag, but his ineptitude while facing lefties removes that option unless you like zeros. Cavernous Petco Park saps his power and that weak Padre lineup does him no favors either, so unless you’ve got another 3B eligible guy to platoon him with, I’d stay away from Headley in all but deep leagues.

OF: Hideki Matsui (37% owned) Godzilla is a shell of the player he was a few years ago with the Yankees and he’s been absolutely dreadful against lefties this year – .188/.224/.366 in 107 PA. Against righties however, Matsui can still hit and he’s put up a useful .281/.381/.408 line in 231 PA. Consider him rosterable in deeper leagues, when platooned with an outfielder who can rake lefties like Matt Diaz, Jeff Francoeur or Cody Ross.

OF: J.D. Drew (44% owned) The captain of my all-splits team, J.D. Drew is the epitome of a platoon player – when healthy, of course. Drew demolishes right-handers with a .315/.400/.586 line, along with 9 of his 10 home runs in 210 PA. Conversely, he’s atrocious against lefties, going .185/.265/.235 in 91 PA. If you’ve got Drew on your team, platoon him or else!

OF: David DeJesus (50% owned) The Royals outfielder is quietly having a very nice year all around – 45 R/5 HR/ 36 RBI .326/.395/.460 and his career splits aren’t that far apart, however this season he’s really shined against right-handers, going .344/.403/.478 in 275 PA. I’ve currently got him in my 12 team mixed league and I sit him against lefties in favor of Dexter Fowler, since his .272/.372/.407 line with little pop or speed in 95 PA doesn’t offer much in that format. DeJesus has been mentioned in trade talks with the Red Sox, where I see him in a platoon with Mike Cameron, once Jacoby Ellsbury gets back, which would certainly help his counting numbers against righties.

UTL: Angel Pagan (50% owned) Currently the Mets leader in batting average (.315), Pagan will get the bulk of the playing time in a platoon with Jeff Francoeur, once Carlos Beltran gets back. His speed makes him playable every day right now, but if you can afford to, it’s best to platoon him to take advantage of his splits. Against lefties Pagan has been pretty underwhelming with a .273/.309/.386 line in 96 PA. Facing righties though, Angel has been heavenly, belting out it out at a .335/.398/.512 clip. Platooned with a lefty killer and you’re looking at steady production in the second half.

I’m ending my list here, but there are lots of other players around, who if platooned properly can provide your fantasy team with a nice lift. Who do you think are some other players who could have made the Splitsville All-Stars?

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Legend Of The Overfiend

May 18, 2010

Lyle Overbay is like that monster in a horror film that the protagonist could swear they killed, only to have it rise up one last time to give the crowd a cheap gasp. Just when you think he’ll ride the pine and give another guy a chance to shine, the Overfiend arises to make you think he’s a rosterable fantasy baseball player.

In today’s win against the Twinkies, the unkillable Blue Jays first baseman filled up the box score with crooked numbers for the second time in a week, going 2 -4 with a HR, 3 RBI and 2 runs scored. With 7 hits over his last 24 plate appearances (2 BB) over the past six games, Overbay has hit two dingers, scored and driven in six. With Brett Wallace percolating down on the farm while playing first base exclusively, The Jays are giving Overbay every opportunity to showcase his limited talents for teams that might in the market for a replacement level first baseman. He could be a pick up in a deep league if you’re hurting at the corner, but I wouldn’t expect too much. In fact I wouldn’t pick him up. So how’s that for an endorsement!?

If Corey Patterson was infected with Zombie Ju-Ju, he would be one of these relentless new-school zombies, that runs like the wind and attacks everything in sight. Swinging at everything he sees at the plate hasn’t worked out so well for Dusty Baker’s favorite lead-off man, as he carries an ultra-light weight .252/.291/.405 career line since entering the league in 2000. After bouncing around for cups of coffee in Milwaukee and Washington last year, C.P. was resurrected from his latest blow-fish venom induced slumber and inserted into the Charm City lineup as the everyday left fielder on May 12. Reanimating a lifeless Orioles squad, with 8 hits, 8 R/ 2 HR/2 SB/3 BB and 5 K in 29 PA, Patterson could be useful if you’re in dire need of speed. If you play in an OBP league, forget I ever wrote this. In fact you can print it up and then eat the page, so nobody ever finds it. If you don’t use OBP, Patterson’s speed and run production at the top of the O’s order, might be sufficient to mitigate whatever damage he might do to your batting average. Since Nolan Reimold has been playing first down in AAA and Felix Foot is laid up in sick bay, Patterson has a clear shot at playing time if he can produce. That’s a huge if but this is a guy who’s stolen more than 30 bases three times in his career, with a season high of 45 in 2006, his first year haunting the Baltimore outfield.

A final player noteworthy for recently rising from obscurity is Austin Kearn, who I discussed upon picking him up in the Big Ballers League back on April 27. While an 0 – 4 afternoon snapped his nine game hitting streak and he’s cooled off a bit as of late, he’s still providing solid R/RBI production while hitting in the middle of the Cleveland Indian lineup. I didn’t think that I’d be keeping Kearn when Nelson Cruz returned from the DL, but his steady play has lead me to hold onto the much maligned outfielder, who hasn’t been fantasy relevant since 2007. Current ZiPs projections have Kearn finishing this season with a 59 R/10 HR/59 RBI/4 SB/.274/.368/.431  line in 435 PA, which isn’t bad for a 5th OF in deeper OBP leagues, like the one I own him in. I don’t really expect to see him on The Harlem Hangovers roster at season’s end but I’ll ride him for as long as I think he might be useful.

Come back soon for more tales from the fantasy baseball halls of horror and in the mean time witness the horror that is…

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