Platoons Offer Fantasy Baseball Outfielders Opportunities
If you play in a daily transaction league, you might look no further than at platoons to find your starters. Maybe you like the opponent, the hitters’ park, or the opposing team pitchers. Look no further than platoon players.
One such platoon is going on in Boston where manager Terry Francona is rotating Rocco Baldelli against lefties and is using J.D. Drew against righties. Drew is likely the better player, but Baldelli brings some special attributes to the lineup as well. Drew is .924 OPS vs. RHP, but .796 vs. LHP. Baldelli, on the other hand, is .838 vs. LHP and .743 vs. RHP.
Lou Piniella is doing the same thing with his outfielders in Wrigley. Kosuke Fukudome has been hitting vs. RHP and Reed Johnson is getting the nod vs. LHP. While Fukudome hits both equally (.742 vs. RHP and .725 vs. LHP), Johnson has an .838 lifetime OPS vs. LHP and .711 vs. RHP.
Manager Bud Black has his Padres off to a quick start in part due to his platoon in center field. Scott Hairston is taking on lefties with Jody Gerut getting the nod vs. RHP. Hairston is .841 OPS vs. LHP and .704 vs. RHP. Gerut kills RHP at .834 and is only .641 vs. LHP.