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Michael Young is one of the best players to ever don a Rangers uniform and Mike Napoli is one of the most popular, but both had terrible first halves.
Napoli, despite starting in the All-Star game, hit only .228 in the first half. Young, one of the most consistent performers in baseball, also stumbled, batting only .270 with just three home runs.
Ironically, Napoli and Young are both batting 32 points below their career averages—Young at .302 and Napoli at .260.
Young is one of the steadiest players in the MLB, but he never really seemed to get out of the gate. He's hasn’t been hot for a prolonged stretch and he’s not pounding the ball with quite the same pop.
However, he will break out soon.
Young showed signs of this the week before the All-Star break. He was driving the ball the opposite way with power, the key to his game.
If Young starts to do that with any sort of regularity, he will be challenging the .300 mark by the end of the season.
Napoli is a little bit harder to pin down. He's never been a particularity great average hitter, more in the mold of an all-or-nothing guy.
Despite that, he went on a magical run in the second half of last season. He followed a .232/.344/.529 first half split with a .383/.466/.706, 18-homer burst after the Midsummer Classic. He was the best player in baseball in the second half of last season, and has the potential to do it again.
He probably won't put up quite the same numbers in 2012. After all, he still swings at too many bad pitches and is impatient at the plate.
Though, you can expect a boost, and come October there will be chants of "Napoli! Napoli!" ringing in Arlington again.