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MLB Predictions: Buying or Selling 10 First-Half Performances
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The first half of the 2012 MLB season inevitably features some unsustainable performances of both good and bad varieties. From the perplexedly poor (Tim Lincecum) to the unfathomably rich (Carlos Ruiz), the rigors of the baseball grind are hospitable to prolonged streaks. The trick is to pinpoint exactly when the jig will be up and players and teams will revert to customary performance levels. 

There is no shortage of surprising plot lines this year, and certainly more than this list contains. Questions abound over which first half performances are predictive and which are illusory, but, as the second half dawns, who can possibly predict the answers?

Well, with a sizable helping hand from Fangraphs, I will attempt to do just that with a few of what I think are the most compelling second-half storylines. 

Let's go under the hood to look back at what transpired in the first half and try to predict what lies ahead for these 10 players and teams.

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