Odds of MLB's Biggest 2014 Surprise Stars Continuing in the 2nd Half

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Odds of MLB's Biggest 2014 Surprise Stars Continuing in the 2nd Half
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No sport cherishes its history quite like baseball does, and if history has taught us anything, it's that we shouldn't be surprised by surprises.

They pop up on a yearly basis, both for the good and the bad, and they come in all shapes and sizes, some bigger than others.

Take a pair of American League rookies—Chicago's Jose Abreu and New York's Masahiro Tanaka, for example. We knew they were going to be good, but nobody expected them to be quite as good as they were over the season's first half.

Impressive performances, to be sure, but not huge surprises by any stretch. Thus, you won't find either one on this list.

A wise man, Garth Algar, once spoke for the masses when he said, "We fear change." Yet it's change—whether it be in a player's approach or his role on his respective team—that has led to the five players on this list becoming some of the biggest first-half surprises in the game.

What are the odds that they'll be able to carry that early success throughout the rest of the season?

To figure that out, we'll take a deeper look at what they've done, what they're projected to do and, in some cases, how a team's schedule can be a help—or hindrance—to finding second-half success.

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