Fantasy Baseball: 9 All-Star Snubs Poised for a Huge Second Half
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There are always players that get snubbed at the All-Star game. Some of them are head-scratchers while rules and stipulations prevent others from being honored.
Some of these snubs will tank in the second half. I don't see Jake Peavy, A.J. Pierzynski or Johnny Cueto continuing their success.
Others will continue to do work.
Here's a list of nine All-Star snubs that are poised for a big second half.
Zack Greinke, SP, Milwaukee Brewers
Greinke should lower that 3.57 ERA.
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2012 stats: 116 IP, 9-3, 3.57 ERA, 117 Ks, 1.25 WHIP
It was a surprise to see Zack Greinke not make the All-Star squad this season, especially since the game was being played in Kansas City, the franchise that drafted him sixth overall in 2002.
Greinke put together a nice first half, but he's a second-half pitcher.
For his career, Greinke owns a 3.93 ERA before the All-Star game, but that number goes down to 3.63 after the break.
His 3.57 ERA this season is respectable, but he's been pitching much better than that. His FIP is 2.56 and this suggests he's been pretty unlucky this season.
Expect Greinke to put up better numbers in the second half.
Edwin Encarnacion, 1B/3B, Toronto Blue Jays
Encarnacion is having a career-year.
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2012 stats: .295 BA, 25 HRs, 61 RBI, 57 Rs, 9 SBs
How did Edwin Encarnacion respond to not making the AL All-Star roster? He belted two home runs in the second game after the break.
It's been a career-year for Encarnacion this season, and that shouldn't stop any time soon.
The HR/FB rate is up significantly, but he plays his home games in a homer dome at the Rogers Centre. According to ESPN'S MLB Park Factors, the Rogers Centre ranks 11th in most favorable home run fields.
The amazing part of Encarnacion's season is his BABIP. Most would think his BABIP would be way up, but it's not. In fact, it's lower than it was last season.
If he stays healthy, Encarnacion won't miss a beat. Expect him to blast around 12 more homers the rest of the way. Somehow, he's still available in five percent of Yahoo! leagues.
Madison Bumgarner, SP, San Francisco Giants
Bumgarner should be even better in the second half.
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2012 stats: 122.2 IP, 11-5, 3.15 ERA, 104 Ks, 1.07 WHIP
With a good first half, Madison Bumgarner was another Giants player that could have been selected to the All-Star game.
The young southpaw has been on fire the entire season.
Out of 18 starts, Bumgarner has given up two runs or fewer in 11 of them. Additionally, he's only given up more than four runs just once the entire year.
The ERA is in good shape and his 3.56 FIP suggests he's not just getting lucky. The second half has been good to Mad-Bum as his ERA after the break is 2.70 (compared to 3.44 before).
Bumgarner is a solid pitcher and should notch around seven more wins the rest of the season.
Jason Kipnis, 2B, Cleveland Indians
Kipnis should continue to perform after the break.
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2012 stats: .272 BA, 11 HRs, 49 RBI, 53 Rs, 20 SBs
Fantasy-wise, Jason Kipnis was the second-best second baseman during the first half. It was very surprising to see him left off the All-Star roster.
Somehow Kipnis' season is going unnoticed. His second half should get more attention.
In his first full season in the big leagues, Kipnis is on his way to a 20/30 season. The only second baseman to accomplish that feat last season was Ian Kinsler. (He was 32/30.)
Can someone explain to me how Kipnis is just 92 percent owned in Yahoo! leagues? I would love to be in a league in which he was still available.
Don't expect Kipnis to slow down in the second half. He'll come very close to reaching 20/30.
Josh Reddick, OF, Oakland A's
Reddick has a chance to blast 30 HRs this season.
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2012 stats: .268 BA, 20 HRs, 43 RBI, 54 Rs, 8 SBs
Josh Reddick should have been the Oakland A's representative at the All-Star game. Instead, that pick went to reliever Ryan Cook.
Hopefully more people will recognize the job that Reddick has done this year in the second half.
Reddick is the only A's player with a WAR greater than two and has the seventh highest WAR (3.7) out of all MLB outfielders.
His 20 home runs rank him eighth out of all outfielders and he's even thrown in eight stolen bases.
Reddick has been a nice surprise for the 2012 season. Apparently Yahoo! users haven't paid attention. He's only owned in 82 percent of Y! leagues. If he's there, please grab him.
Jason Kubel, OF, Arizona Diamondbacks
Kubel continues to do work.
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2012 stats: .292 BA, 15 HRs, 60 RBI, 42 Rs
It's hard to believe that a guy who ranks in the top 15 in RBI (fourth), home runs (12th) and OPS (13th) in the National League is flying under the radar. But that's exactly what's happening with Jason Kubel.
Kubel was not only an All-Star snub, but he was being snubbed from All-Star snub lists.
The move from the spacious Target Field in Minnesota to the bandbox in Arizona has allowed Kubel to blast 15 homers and drive in 60 runs, both team highs.
Kubel is dealing with some hamstring issues right now, but if he stays healthy, he's well on his way to hitting 25-plus homers and driving in 100-plus runs.
You can still add Kubel because he's available in over 25 percent of Yahoo! leagues.
Josh Willingham, OF, Minnesota Twins
Willingham is primed for a 35-HR season.
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2012 stats: .268 BA, 22 HRs, 65 RBI, 50 Rs
Josh Willingham is another veteran outfielder who is getting overlooked while putting up ridiculous numbers.
Most people were down on Willingham last season because he only hit .246, but that was a fluke though. His BABIP last season was only five points lower than his BABIP this season. The 22-point spike in average this year is not a surprise.
The power numbers are going to continue for Willingham. He shouldn't have a problem hitting 13 more home runs the rest of the season.
Like many of the players on this list, Willingham is available. He's owned in just 86 percent of Yahoo! leagues.
Aaron Hill, 2B, Arizona Diamondbacks
Hill looks to be regaining his '09 form.
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2012 stats: .302 BA, 12 HRs, 41 RBI, 40 Rs, 7 SBs
Aaron Hill looks like the ballplayer we saw in 2009. In that season, Hill hit .286 with 36 home runs and 108 RBI.
Hill had two terrible seasons in 2010 and 2011, but he's finally putting up productive numbers again.
Of all MLB second baseman with at least 200 at-bats, Hill ranks only behind Robinson Cano with an .866 OPS and .302 average. He's also tied for fourth with 12 home runs.
Hill could easily finish with 20 home runs and 15 stolen bases, making him valuable in any league. He's only owned in 75 percent of Yahoo! leagues, so you have a chance at grabbing him.
Chase Headley, 3B, San Diego Padres
Headley has been a bright spot for the Pads this season.
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2012 stats: .269 BA, 10 HRs, 45 RBI, 41 Rs, 10 SBs
The fans got it wrong when they decided to start Pablo Sandoval over David Wright, and Tony La Russa was wrong when he chose Huston Street over Chase Headley as the Padres' representative.
Street was injured for a good portion of the year and has logged just 25 innings the entire year.
What has Headley done? Oh, nothing much. He just has the third-highest WAR of all MLB third baseman. His clip of 3.5 ranks him higher than Adrian Beltre, Aramis Ramirez and Alex Rodriguez.
Headley continues to impress suitors as his name is swirling around trade rumors. It's important to realize that Headley will most likely be traded and he's hitting 20 points higher on the road than he is at home. He's also hit eight of his 10 bombs away from PETCO.
Headley will be a rock the rest of the way. He should finish the year hitting .270 with 15 homers and 15 steals.