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AL First Half Hitters

Justin Morneau is better in the spring and early summer than after the All-Star break.
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 keep a player for 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 - it's also 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 seven American League players worthy of your attention because of their career first-half successes. Each has a slugging percentage of at least 50 points better in the first half, all the way up to Justin Morneau who is 88 points better in the spring and early summer than after the All-Star break.

Obviously, if a player has been in the league for a long time, like Morneau who is in his eighth season, the trend is significantly more reliable than if you were looking at a second-year player.

Yes, it would take a lot of "chutzpah" to trade a star like Joe Mauer or Kevin Youkilis at the All-Star break, but fantasy baseball is a "numbers game" and these numbers tell a specific story. The seven hitters listed below perform significantly weaker in the second half.

Tomorrow we will look at the National League and then next week we check out "second-half hitters" so you will know who to trade for later in the year.

Selected AL Hitters - by Slugging Percentage Variation
Player Games AB R H HR RBI SB AVE SLG DIFF
Justin Morneau
First Half 468 1731 278 522 102 358 1 0.302 0.545 +88
Second Half 418 1526 217 396 65 280 3 0.260 0.457
Ian Kinsler
First Half 299 1157 217 332 55 174 54 0.287 0.509 +79
Second Half 216 939 147 224 28 99 37 0.269 0.432
Brandon Inge
First Half 626 2030 270 497 79 282 19 0.245 0.427 +71
Second Half 546 1862 180 421 44 220 21 0.226 0.356
Ben Zobrist
First Half 135 435 70 114 21 71 19 0.262 0.494 +67
Second Half 180 616 79 160 21 86 10 0.260 0.427
Adam Jones
First Half 192 736 100 208 20 93 15 0.283 0.438 +57
Second Half 151 438 73 102 14 51 11 0.233 0.381
Kevin Youkilis
First Half 410 1461 270 445 57 242 15 0.305 0.509 +50
Second Half 298 1025 168 280 39 177 5 0.273 0.459
Joe Mauer
First Half 399 1458 250 494 44 233 19 0.339 0.508 +50
Second Half 318 1192 181 376 29 176 15 0.315 0.458


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