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MLB Stars Who Will Take an Unexpected Step Back in 2013
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Mike Trout was historically great as a rookie in 2012. Is it fair to expect him to keep up that kind of pace?

When a Major League Baseball player has a huge year that comes seemingly out of nowhere, the expectations, unsurprisingly, get raised to ridiculous levels. 

Everyone from fans to the media plays a role in the hype machine, but with so many advanced metrics and stats at our fingertips, it has become easier to figure out which players are actually on the rise and who will come back down to earth. 

As the slow trek through spring training begins to wind down, we are all making picks for the postseason, awards, fantasy teams, etc., and have exhausted so much energy in trying to find out which players will take the leap in 2013. 

But what about those players who will trip under the weight of their own expectations? Who won't be able to defy the odds one more time and appear as if they had a bad season, relative to the expectations placed on them before the season began?

Baseball is a cruel and fickle game. What we know one day can be completely wrong the next. That holds even more true when you start looking at things from season to season. 

Here are the players who shined last season who will have a difficult time replicating that level of success in 2013. These are players either in their peak years or still close enough to their peak years, so we are not just taking all old players who had a bounce-back season after a down year. 

It should also be noted that relievers aren't included because the nature of the role lends itself to being a candidate for regression every year, unless you are Mariano Rivera. So even though Fernando Rodney will take a step back this season, he is not on the list. 

Note: All stats courtesy of Fangraphs.com unless otherwise noted. 

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