Newbie question: Platoons

SDS

How do you guys work a platoon, say Helton/Thomas, in RS if you don’t know who the pitcher will be that you’re facing?

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Start the lefty since most pitchers are right handed. If a lefty is in the mound pinch hit for their first at bat. This is the only way to platoon.

I'm a bigger fan of using someone with reverse splits (for instance Thames) or someone with incredible stats against both sides (Gehrig, Babe, Musial) than platooning.

It's certainly a viable option though. Just be sure your bench is set up 2 lefty, 2 righty, and platoon player.

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That Luplow would be good in a platoon situation.

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@EvylShaun said in Newbie question: Platoons:

Start the lefty since most pitchers are right handed. If a lefty is in the mound pinch hit for their first at bat. This is the only way to platoon.

I'm a bigger fan of using someone with reverse splits (for instance Thames) or someone with incredible stats against both sides (Gehrig, Babe, Musial) than platooning.

It's certainly a viable option though. Just be sure your bench is set up 2 lefty, 2 righty, and platoon player.

This is a great summary.

What you could also do is construct your line up in a way that you'll always have balance and in some spots a platoon advantage. Like never putting 2 righties or 2 lefties after each other. You could also sandwich a platoon hitter in between 2 switch hitters. In that case the balance will always remain when you decide to platoon. Me personally I always like to have clusters of 3; one lefty, one righty and a switch hitter. Be creative with some guys who have reverse splits.

This way you will always have a matchup advantage in at least 2 out of 3 at bats per inning.

SDS

Thanks guys. Now if I could just get a hit with somebody, anybody really... 🙄

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