The most meaningful stat splits

Updated: March 27, 2013, 11:57 AM ET
By Brian Gramling | Special to ESPN.com

The vast majority of analysis columns in the MLB Draft Kit are to prepare you for your upcoming fantasy draft or auction. But this statistics column was designed specifically as an in-season reference, especially for leagues with daily moves and the one-day salary-cap contests that are gaining popularity.

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I took a look at several hundred player statistics to find which numbers were the most telling, the ones you can use as a guide to set lineups and to help find favorable or unfavorable matchups. Now, you won't see many (if any) top-50 players included in this research because, let's face it, you shouldn't bench any of these players in any situation, and most of their numbers are pretty darned good versus any team or venue.

In terms of ballparks, these splits are the out-of-ordinary career stats. Because Coors Field is No. 1 in park factors in hits and in runs, Fenway Park ranks second in hits and third in runs and Miller Park has the most homers, it goes without saying that a hitter rates better than normal for an upcoming series in Colorado, Boston or Milwaukee. On the flip side, Safeco Field, PNC Park and AT&T Park are the three hardest stadiums for runs and hits, and all three rank in the bottom four (along with Petco Park) for least home runs. Thus, when a borderline starter enters a series in Seattle, Pittsburgh or San Francisco, you have to think twice before starting this guy in your fantasy lineup.

Below is a rundown of the trends and splits I found most interesting, surprising, disturbing, bizarre, etc. I also used what I felt was a large enough sample size for them to mean something. All stats are career marks unless otherwise noted. Green stats
equal great; red stats are bad, and sometimes downright awful:

Adam Wainwright, SP, St. Louis Cardinals
Post-All-Star break (past 5 years): 35-19, 2.79 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, 7.8 K/9 in 66 starts
At PNC Park: 5.51 ERA, 1.64 WHIP in 10 games (8 starts)

Ryan Zimmerman, 3B, Washington Nationals
Post-All-Star break (past 3 years): .315 BA, .378 OBP, .508 SLG in 799 at-bats
Versus LHP (past 3 years): .322 BA, .424 OBP, 490 SLG in 339 at-bats
Versus Miami (past 3 years): .361 BA, .423 OBP, .627 SLG in 166 at-bats

Yoenis Cespedes, OF, Oakland Athletics
Post-All-Star break: .311 BA, .376 OBP, .533 SLG in 289 at-bats
At home: .319 BA, .406 OBP, .531 SLG in 226 at-bats

Madison Bumgarner, SP, San Francisco
April: 4.07 ERA, 1.37 WHIP, 5.4 K/9 in 10 starts
After April 30: 3.10 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, 8.4 K/9 in 77 games (74 starts)
At Dodger Stadium: 3-1, 1.98 ERA, 1.06 WHIP in 5 games (4 starts)

Ben Zobrist, 2B/SS/OF, Tampa Bay Rays
At Camden Yards: .306 BA, .400 OBP, .522 SLG in 157 at-bats
Versus Boston (past 4 years): .221 BA, .325 SLG in 240 at-bats

Matt Wieters, C, Baltimore Orioles
At Tropicana Field: .363 BA, .395 OBP, .487 SLG in 113 at-bats
At Rogers Centre: .186 BA, .266 OBP, .340 SLG in 97 at-bats

Brett Lawrie, 3B, Toronto Blue Jays
At home: .300 BA, .362 OBP, .498 SLG, .860 OPS in 317 at-bats
On road: .257 BA, .310 OBP, .394 SLG, .704 OPS in 327 at-bats

Jason Kipnis, 2B, Cleveland Indians
Versus LHP: .223 BA, .300 SLG in 247 at-bats
Versus Chicago White Sox: .283 BA, .489 SLG in 92 at-bats
Versus Minnesota: .215 BA, .301 SLG in 93 at-bats

Austin Jackson, OF, Detroit Tigers
Versus Chicago White Sox: .330 BA, .413 OBP, .519 SLG in 212 at-bats
Versus Cleveland: .307 BA, .357 OBP, .413 SLG in 189 at-bats

Allen Craig, 1B/OF, Cardinals
Versus LHP: .314 BA, .349 OBP, .591 SLG, 15 HRs in 242 at-bats
Versus Pittsburgh: .361 BA, .394 OBP, .629 SLG, 1.023 OPS in 97 at-bats

Ian Desmond, SS, Nationals
Post-All-Star break: .291 BA, .337 OBP, .442 SLG in 771 at-bats
Versus the American League: .226 BA, .272 OBP, .351 SLG in 168 at-bats
Versus Miami: .311 BA, .352 OBP, .453 SLG in 161 at-bats

Chris Sale, SP, White Sox
Pre-All-Star break: 12-2, 2.53 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, 136 K's in 139 innings
Versus Minnesota: 3-0, 0.93 ERA, 0.69 WHIP, 28 K's in 29 innings

Johnny Cueto, SP, Cincinnati Reds
Versus the AL (past 3 years): 7-1, 2.17 ERA, 0.96 WHIP, 7.7 K/9 in 9 starts
Versus Pittsburgh (past 4 years): 10-3, 2.24 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, 8.2 K/9 in 16 starts

Desmond Jennings, OF, Rays
At home: .222 BA, .305 OBP, .384 SLG in 370 at-bats
At Rogers Centre: .377 BA, .431 OBP, .698 SLG, 5 HRs in 53 at-bats
Versus Baltimore: .103 BA, .161 OBP, .207 SLG, 13 K's in 58 at-bats

Mat Latos, SP, Reds
Versus San Francisco: 4-3, 2.19 ERA, 0.89 WHIP in 11 starts
At Busch Stadium: 1-3, 13.50 ERA, 2.44 WHIP, .405 opponents' BA in 4 starts

Aramis Ramirez, 3B, Milwaukee Brewers
Post-All-Star break (past 4 years): .310 BA, .369 OBP, .551 SLG in 946 at-bats
Versus St. Louis (past 6 years): .336 BA, .399 OBP, .551 SLG, 12 HRs in 265 at-bats

Jordan Zimmermann, SP, Nationals
Pre-All-Star break: 3.15 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, 6.9 K/9 in 50 starts
On road: 3.23 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 8.2 K/9 in 41 starts
Versus the AL: 1.99 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, 6.5 K/9 in 11 starts

Paul Goldschmidt, 1B, Arizona Diamondbacks
Pre-All-Star break: .302 BA, .368 OBP, .552 SLG in 252 at-bats
On road: .303 BA, .373 OBP, .522 SLG in 347 at-bats
At AT&T Park: .352 BA, .431 OBP, .667 SLG, 4 HRs in 54 at-bats

Aaron Hill, 2B, Diamondbacks
At Chase Field: .315 BA, .372 OBP, .547 SLG, 16 HRs in 391 at-bats
Versus Colorado (past 2 years): .360 BA, .436 OBP, .652 SLG, 4 HRs in 89 at-bats

Alex Rios, OF, White Sox
Versus Minnesota (past 3 years): .313 BA, .553 SLG, 11 HRs in 208 at-bats
Versus Cleveland (past 5 years): .251 BA, .322 OBP, .406 SLG in 239 at-bats

Roy Halladay, SP, Philadelphia Phillies
Versus Washington (past 3 years): 7-1, 2.53 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, 10.1 K/9 in 9 games
Versus Atlanta (2012): 0-2, 11.21 ERA, 2.15 WHIP, 1.069 opponents OPS (4 starts)

Jimmy Rollins, SS, Phillies
Versus New York Mets (past 6 years): .316 BA, .374 OBP, .493 SLG, 12 HRs in 373 at-bats
Versus Atlanta (past 4 years): .207 BA, .256 OBP, .343 SLG in 242 at-bats

Shin-Soo Choo, OF, Reds
Versus LHP (2012): .199 BA, .318 OBP, .286 SLG, 60 K's in 206 at-bats
Versus the National League (past 4 years): .302 BA, .392 OBP, .508 SLG, 10 HRs in 248 at-bats

Pablo Sandoval, 3B, Giants
At home (past 4 years): .329 BA, .380 OBP, .531 SLG, 36 HRs in 948 at-bats
Versus Colorado (past 2 years): .371 BA, .435 OBP, .887 SLG, 8 HRs in 62 at-bats

Jeff Samardzija, SP, Chicago Cubs
Post-All-Star break (past 2 years): 6-5, 2.46 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, 9.4 K/9 in 109 2/3 innings
Versus Pittsburgh: 3-0, 1.16 ERA, 0.77 WHIP, .206 opponents' slugging in 31 innings

Mike Napoli, C/1B, Red Sox
Post-All-Star break (past 2 years): .329 BA, .425 OBP, .662 SLG, 30 HRs in 325 at-bats
Versus LHP (2012): .179 BA, .295 OBP, .411 SLG, 40 K's in 112 at-bats

J.J. Hardy, SS, Orioles
At Fenway Park (past 2 years): .183 BA, .216 OBP, .329 SLG in 82 at-bats
At Yankee Stadium: .194 BA, .229 OBP, .373 SLG in 67 at-bats

Chris Davis, 1B/OF, Orioles
Versus Boston (past 2 years): .326 BA, .365 OBP, .517 SLG in 89 at-bats
Versus New York Yankees (past 2 years): .217 BA, .256 OBP, .361 SLG in 83 at-bats
Versus the NL (past 3 years): .198 BA, .258 OBP, .396 SLG in 111 at-bats

Brian Gramling is a fantasy baseball, football and college basketball analyst for ESPN Fantasy Games.