• ballslaughter

    I was wondering what thoughts/insights you guys had on switch-hitters, and the place they have in fantasy. I’m more of a basketball player, & know very little about baseball outside of what I’ve learned from a few years of dfs’ing. I would assume that it’s something that you really can’t nail down with any specificity, but…
    For example, I’m looking at the CHW/CHC game for tonight’s main FD slate. At this point in time, CHW’s lineup has 5 RHB & 3 switch hitters. As I look at the opposing pitcher Lester’s splits, he has a .370 wOBA against lefties and a .311 wOBA against righties. Would knowing that be enough in & of itself to assume with any kind of certainty that those comfortable hitting left would do so? I think that’d make things easy to assess if so, but I’d assume you’d have all sorts of other variables creeping in, even as simple as “so-&-so just feels more comfortable/confident batting this way today”….to as complicated as how strong certain sides of the defense are (which would be a bit extravagant for my research levels).
    And it’s not as much about the game today; just in general.

  • bucherpsu08

    That’s not an extreme enough split to even garner the thought of it. I’ve only ever seen it happen once, it was actually earlier this season. Jonathan Villar hit right handed against a RHP. I’m sure there are other instances of it happening but it’s extremely rare.

  • ballslaughter

    Right on. Maybe I didn’t word the question as well as I should have. How bout “How do switch-hitters determine how they’ll hit from one day/pitcher to the next, and can that be used in our dfs decisions? I mean, we all would probably agree that handedness is an important aspect of fantasy baseball; and for me, an mlb ignoramus, switch hitting is just a big question mark.

  • bucherpsu08

    Just assume they will hit opposite of whatever handedness the pitcher is 99.5% of the time. It’s the way they have approached hitting their entire career/lives.

  • ballslaughter

    Cool. I had hoped for something as cut & dry.

  • DFSx42

    yup that’s it, very, very rarely they will decide to hit from the side you wouldn’t expect but it’s usually due to an injury or something freakish about the pitcher that for whatever reason the hitter feels more comfortable going against convention

    the entire purpose of teaching yourself to switch hit is entirely to face lefties as a righty and vice versa – you’d need to find a very unique and compelling reason to toss aside a skill they spent years aquiring

  • TheDataDetective

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    Another thing to keep in mind about switch hitters is that they tend to not get benched mid-game for pinch hitters as much (unless they are just having an awful game). This gives them a boost in value

  • blabbles

    Once in a blue moon – like in some cases vs a knuckleballer (of which there are between 0 and 1 in MLB right now) will a switch hitter bat same-side. Otherwise bucherpsu’s estimate of 99.5% is a gross underestimate. You an always assume it.

  • NoLimits0

    I actually never understood why some switch hitters don’t bat the same direction as the pitcher when there are extreme park splits.

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