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Written by Jonathan Leshanski (Contact & Archive) on June 11, 2008
Today we take a brief look at nine player whose fortunes we expect to change in the second half, either by improving on their first half numbers, or conversely returning to earth after a stratospheric first half.Â
Albert Pujols (1B, Cardinals):Â Not only was it announced yesterday that Pujols will head to the DL for at least three weeks with a strained calf, but Pujols badly needs surgery which he has been putting off as long as the Cards could consider themselves to be contenders.Â Â By the time he is healed enough to return that dream should have faded and you can expect the Cards to shut him down long before the season ends.
Pat Burrell (OF, Phillies):Â Burrell is on a pace right now to hit 40 home runs and is hitting 20 odd points better than his career average.Â That wonâ€™t last.Â Â Trade him while his value is at his apex and get a quality player in return whoâ€™s less likely to have a major slump in the second half.
David Ortiz (OF, Red Sox):Â The 33 year old Ortiz is currently residing on the DL for a torn tendon sheath in his left wrist and even when he comes back that is going to effect his hitting.Â Â His stats look good enough now that you can probably get full value for him and not take the risk that his injury poises to his final numbers.
Curtis Granderson (OF, Tigers):Â Believe it or not Granderson is on a pace to set a career best in home runs, but itâ€™s his average (.235) and stolen base totals which have owners sweating bullets and willing to listen to offers.Â However 17 of last yearâ€™s 26 steals came in the second half as did his best two months of average.Â Take advantage of the nervous and acquire him if the price is right.
Matt Holliday (OF, Rockies):Â Hollidayâ€™s 2008 numbers thus far .316-8-26-24-8 look pretty mundane compared to last seasonâ€™s breakout but heâ€™s really not as far off of last yearâ€™s pace as you would imagine.Â His best months for power and RBIs were in the second half and the return of the supporting cast from last year will be complete when Troy Tulowitzki returns late this month or early next.
Paul Konerko (1B/DH, White Sox):Â Konk is already showing signs of life and should make up ground and put some of his ugly first half numbers behind him.Â Heâ€™s always been a better second half player, displaying more home runs, better average and solid RBI totals.Â Thatâ€™s unlikely to change in a player that is only 33 years old, but he will finish with weaker numbers than last year.