Fantasy Baseball 2013: Players Who Will Have a Big Second Half
It's hard to believe that we're almost halfway through the baseball season, but the All-Star break will be upon us in no time.
From injuries to slow starts, it's definitely been a strange start to the season for many fantasy teams. Everyone is looking for a way to position themselves for victory in the final months of the season.
Looking towards baseball's second half, we're taking a look at five big-name players poised for epic runs during the season's end stretch.
It seems silly to put David Price on this list, but given his first half numbers (1-4, 5.24 ERA), he's been far from his usual self.
Price hit the DL in mid-May with a tricep injury. Taking that into consideration, and given his 3.50 xFIP, there's a good chance the right-hander returns to form once healthy.
Add in the fact that Price has been better in the second half throughout his career (his winning percentage is .061 points higher and his ERA .32 points lower) and you have the makings of a second-half stud.
It's been an oddly slow start to the season for Billy Butler, especially after he enjoyed such a breakout year in 2012.
Butler's numbers are way below the norm, with just five home runs and a .124 ISO in 72 games this season.
The slugger is already showing signs of coming out of his slump, hitting .288 with a .793 OPS in June. He's also a beast in the second half, posting a career line of .309/.365/.496 after the All-Star break.
After hitting a career-high 29 home runs last season, Butler's power is sure to come around.
Jason Heyward regained fantasy owners' faith after a stellar 2012, but injuries have made him a big disappointment to kick off 2013.
Finally healthy, Heyward has turned up the heat in June with a .293 average and .800 OPS.
Given the J-Hey Kid's second-half numbers (.801 OPS with 25 home runs and 20 stolen bases in 205 games), he's sure to finish 2013 on a high note.
Andrew Bailey has been kicked from the Sox closing job after posting a 9.00 ERA in June, but it's important to remember just how good the closer can be.
In the opening stretch of the season Bailey posted five saves while recording a 1.46 ERA and 14.6 K/9. Those are pretty stellar numbers.
Injuries derailed the right-hander, but there's still no cut-and-dry replacement in the Boston bullpen. Once Bailey gets himself back on track, he's sure to be a fantasy stud to close out the year.
Finally healthy, Hanley Ramirez has been on a tear. The slugger has clocked five extra-base hits (two home runs) in just 14 games this June.
Han-Ram has always been a stud in the second half, with a .304 average and .886 OPS after the All-Star break. He also proved that last season by putting up much better numbers after being traded to Los Angeles.
As long as Ramirez can stay on the field he's bound to finish the year strong.