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In conjunction with this week's "summer classic", the six players listed below have a combined 29 All-Star appearances.
Hanley Ramirez, Florida - Welcome back Mr. Ramirez, you've been gone way too long. The consensus No.2 overall pick back in March, who has been disappointing fantasy owners for the first three months of 2011, finally got his act together. Over the last two weeks he batted .390 with four homers, 16 RBIs and an OPS of 1.232. If you had been thinking about making an offer for the Marlins' shortstop, you are probably too late as his owner now thinks he sees the light at the end of the tunnel.
Aramis Ramirez, Chicago - Ramirez should have been voted in as the starting third baseman for the National League All-Stars based on his numbers, but they came too late in the campaign for fans to notice. Compare Aramis' .298, 15 HR, 51 RBI, 0.843 OPS to Placido Polanco's numbers (.274, 4 HR, 39 RBI, 0.676 OPS), who received the most votes at the position. Ramirez' career statistics indicated that August will be even better than July.
Dustin Pedroia, Boston - Like his Red Sox, Pedroia started the season slowly, but June and July have proven to be bountiful for Pedroia owners. The little second baseman with the big swing batted .340 in June with an OPS of 1.010 and has improved on that in 10 July games batting .375 with an OPS of 1.218, four homers and nine RBIs.
Matt Kemp, Los Angeles Dodgers - Kemp certainly has All-Star statistics heading into the break, but his numbers have fallen off significantly in July. His "monster" June of nine home runs, 23 RBIs, eight stolen bases and an OPS of 1.268 has become a .167 batting average for the first half of July with an OPS of just 0.484, zero homers and four RBIs. Career post-All Star number indicate this isn't an isolated event and you could look to trade him while his value is high.
Alex Rodriguez, New York Yankees - Things have gone from bad to worse for Rodriguez's fantasy owners. At least "A-Rod" was still hitting for a decent average (.295) and knocking in runs (52) before he went under the knife to repair a bad knee. Now it will be four-to-six weeks before he gets his next hit. At the weak third base position, there isn't much out there to replace him with, so you'll likely have to suffer for a while until he returns.
Miguel Cabrera, Detroit - Maybe the Tigers' first baseman is getting tired. After all, he leads the league in games played with 92. His July statistics (.143, 1 HR, 3 RBIs, 0.488 OPS) are a huge drop-off from his April through June numbers (.332, 17 HR, 56 RBI, 1.038 OPS). Hopefully, the three-day break will re-ignite his July which historically is his second-best month based on OPS (1.001).
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