Who Are The Best Players To Own After The All Star Break?

Jul 13, 2011


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By Matt Carpenter
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The majority of major leaguers use Spring Training to get prepared for the season and hit the ground running come opening day. For others, the first half of the season seems to be a tune up for the stretch drive that comes after the All Star break. One of the most famous examples is Adam LaRoche. Like clockwork, every year LaRoche would get off to a terrible start, only to turn it on after the mid summer classic. This year however, LaRoche is out for the season, so we must look elsewhere for a second half push. Here are some of the most proven post break stars.
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Ryan Howard: Howard’s career first half numbers are mediocre at a .261 average and an OPS of .866. His second half numbers are .295 and a monstrous 1.017 OPS. With power down in baseball, Howard can carry you in the power categories.
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Troy Tulowitzki: Tulo is a decent first half hitter and a downright stud in the second half. His career post All Star break average of .314 and OPS of .923 dwarf his first half numbers. In September 2010, he cranked 15 HR’s and 40 RBI’s, single-handedly winning fantasy titles.
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Mark Teixeira: Big Tex is a notoriously slow starter who kicks into gear as the season goes on. His second half average of .299 is almost 30 points higher than his first half numbers.
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Gordon Beckham: The newest addition to the notorious second half hitters club is Beckham. Since his debut in 2009, he has posted dismal first half averages of .236 and .642 OPS. His second half numbers are .285 and a .851 OPS. The formula is holding thus far in 2011, as he hit .194 in April but has picked it up and is hitting .286 in July.
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Bronson Arroyo: His first half ERA is 4.80. His second half ERA is 3.66. His first half BAA is .277. His second half BAA is .248. Only twice in his long career has Arroyo posted a better first half ERA. Pick this guy up for the stretch run.
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Chad Billingsley: Billingsley is close to a half a run better in the second half. If you take out his 2009, where he bucked the trend and had a great first half and terrible second half, the discrepancy is even greater. This year he began his surge a little early with a June ERA of 1.69 and .088 WHIP. With poor run support and the on-going off the field drama in LA, Chad could be a good buy low candidate.
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Wandy Rodriguez: Wandy has turned in a nice first half for a last place ball club. Traditionally, he has really stepped it up in the second half including a 2010 that consisted of a 2.11 ERA 1.04 WHIP and miniscule .204 BAA. If he gets traded to a contender, as is the rumor, his value skyrockets.
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