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First Half Hitters

Ian Kinsler is a better hitter in the spring and early summer than the fall.
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - This piece and the research is dedicated to finding those batters who have traditionally had better first halves than second halves. In fact, after doing the study, I found that most hitters had better second halves than first halves, so these guys have even more importance.

Why you ask, would you want to identify "first-half hitters" since you play an entire 162-game schedule in your fantasy league?

Simple, you don't have to hold onto a hitter the entire year.

What could be better than having a first-half hitter bat 50 points above his career slugging percentage and then just before the All-Star break, trade him while his value is at its peak?

It's no different than playing the stock market...sorry to bring that up...but it's a place where the phrase "buy low, sell high" usually works.

In addition, you don't want to be fooled into trading for a first-half hitter when his owner comes to you around the All-Star break. "buying high and selling low" never wins you a title.

Below you will find 15 players worthy of your attention because of their first-half success. Each has a slugging percentage of at least 39 points better in the first half, all the way up to Ian Kinsler who is 105 points better in the spring and early summer than the fall.

Player Games AB R H HR RBI SB AVE SLG DIFF
Ian Kinsler
First Half 214 809 155 245 35 119 36 0.303 0.518 +105
Second Half 157 615 108 168 17 68 24 0.273 0.413
Dan Uggla
First Half 249 968 182 269 53 162 11 0.278 0.531 +91
Second Half 210 806 133 196 37 108 2 0.243 0.440
Eric Byrnes
First Half 473 1693 277 474 65 216 53 0.280 0.483 +89
Second Half 391 1238 178 296 36 149 66 0.239 0.394
Justin Morneau
First Half 361 1329 202 393 77 273 1 0.296 0.533 +69
Second Half 371 1352 191 361 56 250 3 0.267 0.464
Mark Reynolds
First Half 133 456 84 117 25 81 6 0.257 0.502 +59
Second Half 130 449 65 114 20 78 5 0.254 0.443
Russell Martin
First Half 232 824 128 245 25 140 29 0.297 0.460 +59
Second Half 195 684 111 185 17 81 20 0.270 0.401
Kevin Youkilis
First Half 317 1123 200 346 38 178 10 0.308 0.495 +56
Second Half 236 799 125 209 28 136 2 0.262 0.439
Joe Mauer
First Half 317 1149 189 378 28 172 18 0.329 0.480 +53
Second Half 244 910 136 275 16 129 18 0.302 0.427
Jose Lopez
First Half 270 1064 141 304 22 158 9 0.286 0.424 +51
Second Half 300 1104 121 284 23 119 8 0.257 0.373
Adam Dunn
First Half 613 2068 384 510 168 384 32 0.247 0.541 +49
Second Half 518 1803 315 445 110 288 27 0.247 0.492
Lyle Overbay
First Half 471 1640 217 474 53 239 8 0.289 0.468 +47
Second Half 381 1292 174 350 33 154 7 0.271 0.421
Lance Berkman
First Half 712 2529 483 779 166 553 36 0.308 0.581 +45
Second Half 659 2273 413 670 122 408 36 0.295 0.536
Brad Hawpe
First Half 340 1114 156 324 53 190 6 0.291 0.510 +41
Second Half 243 799 110 216 35 150 4 0.270 0.469
Melvin Mora
First Half 717 2577 434 737 95 361 60 0.286 0.461 +40
Second Half 559 1951 272 530 61 284 28 0.272 0.421
Chase Utley
First Half 387 1459 262 442 75 264 34 0.303 0.544 +39
Second Half 348 1280 228 375 55 228 26 0.293 0.505
* First Half = up to the All-Star break


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