Second Half Hitting Stars - NL West

Chris Young and Stephen Drew are two of the top second half performers in the NL West.
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - In the final installment of our six-part series on second half stars, we check out the National League West. This 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 again 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.

The NL West has more hitters who increase their OPS by at least 50 points than any other division. And that doesn't include Adrian Gonzalez (+48) who if he has a better second half than first will be one of the frontrunners for National League MVP.

The top two "second half stars" are both from the Arizona Diamondbacks - Chris Young and Stephen Drew. Both are also struggling at the start of the 2009 season, Young hitting .181 and Drew .231. So is Troy Tulowitzki, third on the list with a +125 point second-half spike. He's hitting just .218. All three, particularly the two shortstops, could be gotten for a song-and-a-dance" and might be a worthwhile gamble.

Six Los Angeles Dodgers made the list, including Manny Ramirez, so it could be a long summer for their National League West opponents seeing as how they are already 39-20 and hold an 8.0 game lead in the division.

Career First Half-Second Half Statistics
PlayerTeamPos1st Half OPS2nd Half OPSDifference
Chris Young AZ OF 0.666 0.819 0.153
Stephen Drew AZ SS 0.706 0.837 0.131
Troy Tulowitzki COL SS 0.710 0.835 0.125
K Kouzmanoff SD 3B 0.708 0.779 0.071
Chris Snyder AZ C 0.716 0.776 0.060
Randy Winn SF OF 0.745 0.803 0.058
Todd Helton COL 1B 0.975 1.029 0.054
Garrett Atkins COL 3B 0.793 0.847 0.054
Juan Pierre LAD OF 0.701 0.752 0.051
Adrian Gonzalez SD 1B 0.835 0.883 0.048
James Loney LAD 1B 0.799 0.844 0.045
Rafael Furcal LAD SS 0.743 0.780 0.037
Andre Ethier LAD OF 0.824 0.861 0.037
Manny Ramirez LAD OF 0.991 1.024 0.033
Aaron Rowand SF OF 0.781 0.813 0.032
Chris Iannetta COL C 0.803 0.832 0.029
Edgar Renteria SF SS 0.742 0.763 0.021
Matt Kemp LAD OF 0.809 0.823 0.014
Statistics thru May 29, 2009

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