Ten Hitters Who May See Their Early-Season Success Fade

Daniel SaltusCorrespondent IMay 19, 2009

Ten Hitters Who May See Their Early-Season Success Fade

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    SAN FRANCISCO - MAY 16:  David Wright #5 of the New York Mets hits a two-run double to go up 6-3 in the fifth inning of their game against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park on May 16, 2009 in San Francisco, California.  The Mets won 9-6.  (Photo by Ez

1. Jason Bartlett

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    ST. PETERSBURG, FL - APRIL 30: Shortstop Jason Bartlett #8 of the Tampa Bay Rays fields a short infield ball that was the Boston Red Sox only hit April 30, 2009 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

2. Adam Jones

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    ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 15:  Adam Jones of the Baltimore Orioles at bat while wearing jersey #42 to commemorate Jackie Robinson day during a game against the Texas Rangers on April 15, 2009 at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez

3. Kosuke Fukudome

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    CHICAGO - MAY 2:  Kosuke Fukudome #1 of the Chicago Cubs bats against the Florida Marlins during the game on May 2, 2009 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

4. Adam Lind

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    CLEVELAND - APRIL 10:  Adam Lind #26 (R) of the Toronto Blue Jays celebrates with Scott Rolen #33 after scoring against the Cleveland Indians in the fourth inning April 10, 2009 at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Image

5. Mike Napoli

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    ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 13:  Mike Napoli #44 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim hits a three run home run in the third inning against the Boston Red Sox on May 13, 2009 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California.  The Angels won 8-4. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty

6. Victor Martinez

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    NEW YORK - APRIL 18:  Victor Martinez #41 of the Cleveland Indians runs the bases against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on April 18, 2009 in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

7. Joey Votto

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    PHOENIX - MAY 12:  Joey Votto #19 of the Cincinnati Reds bats against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the major league baseball game at Chase Field on May 12, 2009 in Phoenix, Arizona.  The Reds defeated the Diamondbacks 3-1.  (Photo by Christian Petersen

8. Carlos Beltran

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    SAN FRANCISCO - MAY 16:  Carlos Beltran #15 of the New York Mets scores on a Fernando Tatis sac-fly in the ninth inning of their game against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park on May 16, 2009 in San Francisco, California.  The Mets won 9-6.  (Photo by

9. David Wright

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    SAN FRANCISCO - MAY 17:  David Wright #5 of the New York Mets throws out Aaron Rowand of the San Francisco Giants during a Major League Baseball game on May17, 2009 at AT&T Park in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

10. Hanley Ramirez

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    MIAMI - APRIL 06:  Hanley Ramirez #2 of the Florida Marlins drives in Emilio Bonifacio #1 with a double in the third inning against the Washington Nationals on opening day at Dolphin Stadium on April 6, 2009 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty I

Other Players Who Should Experience a Drop-Off

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    BOSTON - OCTOBER 14:   Evan Longoria #3 of the Tampa Bay Rays is congratulated by teammate Carl Crawford#13 after Longoria hit a solo home run against the Boston Red Sox in game four of the American League Championship Series during the 2008 MLB playoffs
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