Logan Morrison and 10 Hitters Slumping Since the All-Star Break
For Logan Morrison, a mediocre season has only gotten worse.
For some players, the MLB All-Star break provides a time to rest up, get healthy and get ready for the second half of the season. But for some players, the break serves simply as a hiccup in the season—an opportunity to be knocked off balance, off rhythm and off kilter.
For Morrison, the latter has been the case, and he joins a small cast of characters who have had trouble rebooting after the All-Star break.
Let's have a look at ten players slumping after the All-Star break.
10. Danny Espinosa, 2B, Washington Nationals
At the All-Star break, Danny Espinosa was one of the surprises of the 2011 season, having hit 16 home runs with 52 RBI, 45 runs scored and 12 stolen bases, albeit with a .242/.332/.460.
Nevertheless, the time off was not kind to the Nationals' second baseman.
Since the break, Espinosa is hitting a meager .172 with a .234 on-base percentage, with one home run, three RBI and 10 runs scored in 24 games.
9. Mark Reynolds, 3B, Baltimore Orioles
Before the All-Star Break, Mark Reynolds was having a pretty typical season: through 87 games, Reynolds had 20 home runs, 49 RBI, 47 runs scored and a .227 average to go with his .839 OPS.
In 26 games since the All-Star Break, Reynolds has six home runs, which is respectable, but he is also hitting just .175 with a .245 on-base percentage and 37 strikeouts, proving that even in the worst of times, Reynolds is going to hit home runs.
8. B. J. Upton, CF, Tampa Bay Rays
The uber-talented Tampa Bay center fielder was not exactly "bringing it" before the All-Star break, hitting just .239 with a .752 OPS and 15 home runs, 50 RBI and 46 runs scored.
But since the break, it has been a disaster: home run, six RBI, seven runs, along with a .186 batting average and a .543 OPS in 24 games.
7. Logan Morrison, LF, Florida Marlins
Logan Morrison is an exceptionally talented young player who is going to be a star in this league.
However, Morrison is proving to be not quick ready for prime time in the second half of this season. After posting a respectable .267 average and .832 OPS in the first half of the season, Morrison has hit just .194 with a .276 on-base percentage since the break.
On the bright side, his power has not suffered: Morrison has five home runs in 24 games in the second half so far.
6. Kevin Youkilis, 3B, Boston Red Sox
Kevin Youkilis was already having a dubious season in 2011 marked by disparate performances at home compared to on the road.
Since the All-Star break, though, Youkilis has not hit anywhere. His batting average in 24 games since the break has dropped from .285 to .209, and his OPS has dropped from .911 to .688.
Youkilis was a doubles machine in the first half, hitting 26 doubles through the first 83 games of the year, but he has managed only four doubles in 24 games since.
5. Alfonso Soriano, LF, Chicago Cubs
Very few people in the United States have earned more for doing less than Alfonso Soriano since he joined the Cubs. The 2011 season has been no exception.
Already struggling before the All-Star break, to the tune of a .265 average and a .309 on-base percentage, the bottom has fallen out of Soriano's season in the second half.
He is hitting only .188 with a .217 on-base percentage and 17 strikeouts with just three bases on balls.
4. Ian Kinsler, 2B, Texas Rangers
Ian Kinsler is a Home Field Hero extraordinaire for the Texas Rangers, hitting .292/.407/.521 in home games at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, while hitting an atrocious .180/.285/.337 on the road
Since the All-Star break, Kinsler has not been hitting at home or on the road. Kinsler has five home runs and five doubles in 25 games, which is pretty good, but he is also hitting just .208/.300/.396, which is not pretty good.
3. Gaby Sanchez, 1B, Florida Marlins
Gaby Sanchez hit a robust .293/.374/.472 with an .846 OPS and 13 home runs, 50 RBI and 46 runs scored before the All-Star break. What's more, he had 100 hits in the first half as well.
Since the break, he is hitting just .202 with a .281 on-base percentage and a .345 slugging percentage and has just 17 hits in 23 games.
2. Adam Lind, 1B, Toronto Blue Jays
Before the All-Star break, Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Adam Lind looked like a pimp, hitting .300 with an .865 OPS, 16 home runs and 52 RBI.
In the second half, though, Lind's has hit just .194 wit a .549 OPS and 23 strikeouts in 23 games. His slump has dropped from from a .300 average all the way down to .271.
1. Alexis Rios, CF, Chicago White Sox
Here is one of the strangest statistics of the 2011 season so far:
In 21 games since the All-Star break, Alexis Rios is hitting just .241 with a .250 on-base percentage and a .604 OPS. He has one home run, six RBI and six runs scored, along with 11 strikeouts and one walk.
Here's the clincher:
These numbers represent vast improvements over his horrendous first half, in which he hit .213 with a .572 OPS in 87 games, with 13 doubles and six home runs.
Rios's teammate, Adam Dunn, is hitting .174 with a .296 on-base percentage in 20 games since the All-Star break, which also represents an improvement upon his first half performance.
It has been that kind of year for the White Sox.