First Half Review: Hitters
Who has been a boon to fantasy owners this season and who has sent many to the bottle? You know, the hooch for hour upon hour of wallowing in self pity and booze, something I even do when my fantasy team is doing well. Hey, life is hard. OK, I never do that, but it seemed like a good way to get your attention. Now that you know I'm not a sad sack individual, let's get back to the task at hand.
FIRST HALF DISAPPOINTMENTS
A .300 hitter with 15/20 upside, Starlin Castro is batting .243 with six homers, seven steals and 29 RBIs. Across the land people are disappointed.
Yoenis Cespedes has 15 homers, 43 RBIs and 46 runs scored. Solid numbers. However, he's also hitting just .225, has a .713 OPS and has only five steals in 11 tries. A Home Run Derby win doesn't erase the fact that he's been disappointing.
Danny Espinosa went from nearly being a 20/20 performer the last two years to being replaced by a rookie and demoted to the minors.
Josh Hamilton has finally heated up, but when an MVP caliber talent is batting .224 at the All-Star break with 39 RBIs you have every right to be immensely disappointed.
Jason Heyward was supposed to go 20/20 this season. Uh, not so much. Heyward is hitting a mere .227 with a .695 OPS, numbers that are nearly identical to his 2011 effort (.227/.708). Hard to know what to expect from him moving forward.
Brett Lawrie is back from the DL, and if he plays second base that will greatly enhance his value, but to this point he's been a total floparooney - .204-5-14-11-2.
Pablo Sandoval is overweight. He continues to gain weight. He continues to disappoint. This career .298 hitter is batting .266, and his .714 OPS is .114 points below his career level.
B.J. Upton was one of my preseason darlings. A year removed from being two homers short from going 30/30, he's been about the biggest loser in the game. I cannot fathom how he's hit .177 with eight homers, seven steals, 20 RBIs and 23 runs scored in 277 at-bats. About as bad as it could ever get for any elite talent.
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FIRST HALF SURPRISES
Domonic Brown floundered for years. He started slowly before catching fire this year, and through 95 games he is batting .273 with 23 homers, 67 RBIs, 49 runs scored and eight steals. Pretty amazing actually.
It has everything to do with his huge April, he's been terrible since, but John Buck has 14 homers and 48 RBIs in 77 games for the Mets.
Everth Cabrera has 34 steals, and he's hitting .291 with 43 runs scored in 79 games for the Padres.
Folks liked Allen Craig heading into the year, but a .333 average and 74 RBIs? That's better than the most optimistic of expectations.
Michael Cuddyer have a half season. He's hitting a robust .330 with a .960 OPS. Toss in 16 homers and 55 RBIs and he's well on his way to having his best year... in his 13th season.
Josh Donaldson has been a superstar in the first half. From the waiver-wire to all-star levels of production. You notice that he's hitting .310 with a .900 OPS which includes 16 homers, 61 RBIs and 50 runs scored for the A's?
Evan Gattis has 14 homers and 37 RBIs... in just 167 at-bats.
Raul Ibanez had 19 homers and 62 RBIs last season while hitting .240. This season, as a 41 year old, in 107 fewer at-bats than last year, he's hit .267 with 24 homers and 56 RBIs. A waiver-wire gem.
Jean Segura had a .331 SLG last season. He's batting .325 this year. He's on pace to go 15/40 this season for the Brewers.
*** For more on my mid-season thoughts make sure you pick up a copy of the 2013 BBGuys Mid-Season Rankings.
By Ray Flowers
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The co-host of The Drive on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio (Sirius 210, XM 87: Mon-Fri 7-10 PM EDT), Ray also hosts his own show Sunday night (7-10 PM EDT). Ray has spent years squirreled away studying the inner workings of the fantasy game to the detriment of his personal life. Specializing in baseball, football and hockey, some consider him an expert in all three.
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