Platoon Splits by Ballpark

Presented here, for the price of “on-the-house,” are the 2012 handedness splits by ballpark. I have taken these from baseball reference, but then sorted them into AL and NL, and, for your pleasure, highlighted the highest(blue) and lowest(red) in each league, as well as calculated the difference between right-handed hitters OPS and left-handed hitters OPS. The difference column, when positive means that RH hitters have a higher OPS, and when negative means that LH hitters have a higher OPS.

American League:

Team, Stadium RH OPS LH OPS Diff
BAL-Camden Yards 0.760 0.762 (0.002)
BOS-Fenway Pk 0.781 0.800 (0.019)
CHW-US Cellular 0.737 0.795 (0.058)
CLE-Progressive 0.627 0.760 (0.133)
DET-Comerica Pk 0.765 0.754 0.011
KCR-KauffmanStad 0.773 0.756 0.017
LAA-Angel Stad 0.727 0.636 0.091
MIN-Target Field 0.788 0.773 0.015
NYY-Yankee Stad3 0.783 0.752 0.031
OAK-Coliseum 0.631 0.686 (0.055)
SEA-Safeco Fld 0.594 0.604 (0.010)
TBR-TropicanaFld 0.658 0.645 0.013
TEX-Rangers Bpk 0.752 0.819 (0.067)
TOR-Rogers Ctr 0.797 0.734 0.063

The highest OPS for right handed hitters this season is the Rogers Center at .797, where Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Bautista have both raked. Literally. There have been a lot of leaves on the field this year, and they’re not going to clean themselves up. The highest for left handed hitters is the Ballpark at Arlington at .819, where the likes of Josh Hamilton and David Murphy (?) have both posted a well above average OPS.

The lowest for both right and left handed hitters is Safeco field, which Dave Cameron has written about at FanGraphs.

The largest differential that favors right-handed hitters is at Angel Stadium, where right handers are OPSing .727, while left handers are OPSing just .636.

The largest differential that favors left-handed hitters is at Progressive Field, where right handers are OPSing only .627, while left handers are OPSing .760.

National League:

Team, Stadium RH OPS LH OPS Diff
ARI-Chase Field 0.769 0.824 (0.055)
ATL-Turner Fld 0.696 0.755 (0.059)
CHC-Wrigley Fld 0.723 0.694 0.029
CIN-GreatAmer BP 0.714 0.816 (0.102)
COL-Coors Fld 0.835 0.914 (0.079)
HOU-MinuteMaidPk 0.729 0.676 0.053
LAD-Dodger Stad 0.653 0.670 (0.017)
MIA-Marlins Pk 0.721 0.694 0.027
MIL-Miller Pk 0.808 0.727 0.081
NYM-Citi Field 0.712 0.682 0.030
PHI-CitizensBank 0.731 0.711 0.020
PIT-PNC Pk 0.642 0.667 (0.025)
SDP-PetCo Pk 0.659 0.640 0.019
SFG-AT&T Pk 0.665 0.625 0.040
STL-Busch Stad 3 0.765 0.727 0.038
WSN-Natls Park 0.667 0.735 (0.068)

You guys are never going to believe this, but the highest OPS for right handed as well as left handed hitters in the National League is at Coors Field. RH hitters are OPSing .835 there, up from .764 last season, and LH hitters are OPSing .914, up from .839 last season. It’s hard to know how much of this increase is due to the Rockies’ god awful pitching staff, or if there’s some other humidor-related things happening, but whatever it is – it’s crazy.

The lowest OPS for right handed hitters is at PNC Park, at .642, while the lowest for left handed hitters is at AT&T Park at .625.

The largest differential that favors right-handed hitters is at Miller Park, where right handers are OPSing .808, while left handers are OPSing  .727.

The largest differential that favors left-handed hitters is at Great American Ballpark, where right handers are OPSing .714, while left handers are OPSing .816.

This has been your weekly installment of Josh re-posts stats from Baseball Reference with minimal re-formatting, and very little analysis. Come back next week, when I’ll re-post the standings sorted into alphabetical order!

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