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As the calendar turns from May to June, it's time to look at which players traditionally play better in the second half than the first half. The information is valuable to fantasy owners because it will tell us when to trade away a player (sell high) and when to trade for a player (buy low).
We will look at a player's career OPS as our guide and first half/second half as the All-Star break. Obviously, the more years a player has played the more reliable the information. Mark Teixeira's OPS increase in the second half (+.078) is more reliable than Luke Scott's increase (+.129) because Teixeira has six full major league seasons of results versus Scott's two seasons of 400+ at-bats.
We will begin this six-part series with the American League East.
Given that Robinson Cano (.320, 9 HR, 28 RBI, OPS 0.887) and Nick Markakis (.297, 7 HR, 39 RBI, OPS 0.852) are already off to good starts, there is every reason to believe that both players could be on the way to "career" years.
And the combination of the return of Alex Rodriguez and Teixeira's ability to hit in the hot summer months, should put Teixeira on every fantasy owner's wish list too.
|Career First Half-Second Half Statistics|
|Player||Team||Pos||1st Half OPS||2nd Half OPS||Difference|