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    First Half Wizards

    Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - It's always nice to get off to a quick start in your fantasy leagues. To do that, you need to get players who do their best work in April and May.

    That means, you are not going to pick Mark Teixeira at the draft because he's a notorious bad starter. The facts bear it out, as the New York Yankees first baseman has a career .508 slugging percentage before the All-Star break and .569 after the mid-summer classic.

    And you probably won't want Ryan Howard either, because his first half slugging percentage is .531 and his second half percentage jumps to .616.

    For those guys, you'll want to leave yourself a note to trade for them just before the All-Star break.

    Looking back at 2010, here are some of the hitters who went off in the first half.

    Josh Willingham has always been a better first-half hitter and 2010 was no exception. For his career, the spring slugging numbers are 41 points higher and in 2010 he out-did those statistics by hitting 176 points better (.502 vs. .326). Willingham should get plenty of at-bats in the weak Oakland lineup and given his low ADP (235), could be an excellent value.

    Andre Ethier is another fast starter with a career first-half slugging percentage 127 points higher than in the heat of the summer and late fall. His 2010 numbers fell right in line, as he slugged at a .553 rate before the break. He's an ideal target to draft and trade.

    Alex Rios has career numbers 40 points higher in April, May and June and last year he was even better with a slugging percentage 135 points higher. In the strong White Sox lineup, which got even more powerful with the addition of Adam Dunn, Rios should build on last year's 21 HR, 88 RBI, 34 SB season.

    Speaking of Dunn, he's a career .547 slugger in the first half and just a .491 hitter after the break. Last year he had 22 homers by mid-July with a slugging percentage of .588.

    Veteran Cincinnati Reds third baseman, Scott Rolen, got off to a great start last season (17 HR, 57 RBI, .548 slugging) before injuries and father time wore him down. At 36-years-old, he is an injury risk once again, but with an ADP of 224 he could be a nice late-round bargain for half-a-season.

    New Seattle Mariners catcher Miguel Olivo was a monster in the first few months of 2010. In his first 63 games (228 at-bats), Olivo smashed 11 home runs and had a .548 slugging percentage which was better than Joe Mauer or Brian McCann. Things went down hill after the break, as he hit just three homers, batted .193 and "slugged" at just a .313 rate. That was in Colorado, versus his new home ballpark which is a pitchers' paradise compared to Coors Field, so perhaps Olivo is in a situation where logic should take precedence over the trend.

    Tomorrow, we will look at players to avoid in the first half.

    2010 First Half Stars
    PlayerTeam1st Half Slug2nd Half SlugDifferenceADP
    Miguel OlivoSEA0.5480.3130.235311
    Josh WillinghamOAK0.5020.3260.176235
    Alex RiosCWS0.5180.3830.13565
    Andre EthierLAD0.5530.4260.12754
    Scott RolenCIN0.5480.4200.128224
    Adam DunnCWS0.5880.4660.12247


    Comments? Criticism? Applause? Contact Steve Schwarz at sschwarz@sportsnetwork.com.

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    Welcome to Great38 Tampa Bay WTTA-TV/DT - WFLA News Channel 8

    Welcome to Great38 Tampa Bay WTTA-TV/DT - WFLA News Channel 8

      Exclusive look inside newly renovated Al Lang Stadium Video included

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      Great 38 News Now got an exclusive look at the newly renovated Al Lang Stadium while it was still under construction. More>>

      • Great Stuff

      PARC prepares for 41st Annual Golf Tournament Video included

      PARC prepares for 41st Annual Golf Tournament PARC prepares for 41st Annual Golf Tournament
      Updated:

      PARC is a local non-profit organization whose goal is to turn disabilities into capabilities. They provide opportunities for children and adults with developmental disabilities to exercise their independence and experience life to the fullest.  More>>

      Trio talks about 900 mile trek across Florida Video included

      Updated:

      You may remember these familiar faces. Mallory Lykes Dimmitt and Joe Guthrie stopped by Great 38 News Now in January before they set off on their 900 mile trek across the state of Florida. More>>

      News Now: JDRF is walking for a cure Video included

      Updated:

      JDRF is walking for a cure. Their goal is to create a world without type 1 diabetes. To help raise awareness and funds, they are holding a 5k walk on April 11th at Amalie Arena. Nicole Johnson and Tim Rivers stopped by to fill us in and to share their stories of living with diabetes. More>>

      News Now: Morgan Auto Group Charity Polo Classic Video included

      Updated:

      The Morgan Auto Group Charity Polo Classic took place on the 21st. The ladies put on their big hats and the men donned their bowties, and we raised a lot of money for Big Brothers, Big Sisters and Children's Cancer Center. This recap is brought to you by Marco's Pizza, who graciously donated $2,000 during the event. More>>

      News Now: Charity Polo Classic Video included

      Updated:

      Every year, Morgan Auto Group hosts their annual Charity Polo Classic. It's an event unlike any other in this area.This year, it is taking place on March 21st and benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay and Children's Cancer Center. More>>

      Celebrating Music Education Spirit Week

      Updated:

      We are celebrating kids who rock with Music Education Spirit Week! Lorri Naylor, a Lowry Elementary School teacher and a part of the Hillsborough County Elementary Music Educators Council, fills us in on the festivities.
      More>>

      USF 'Young Innovator' creates anti-bully band Video included

      Updated:

      Every year, USF holds their Young Innovator Competition, encouraging kids between kindergarten and 8th grade to invent something new or improve upon something that already exists. Meet Alexis Martin, this year's winner. The Anti-Bully Band she invented is her plan to stop bullying. More>>

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      • Higher storm chances in Tampa Bay

        Higher storm chances in Tampa Bay

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        A weak front brings our rain chance up to 40% today. Higher rain chances in the forecast tomorrow.
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      • Heath Matters: Trinity Spine Center

        Heath Matters: Trinity Spine Center

        Wednesday, March 18 2015 11:05 AM EDT2015-03-18 15:05:08 GMT
        Trinity Spine Center uses Stem Cells for Back Pain.Stem cells are master cells of the body that are available for repairing damaged tissues and organs including spine discs and cartilage cushions in the joints.
        Trinity Spine Center uses Stem Cells for Back Pain.Stem cells are master cells of the body that are available for repairing damaged tissues and organs including spine discs and cartilage cushions in the joints.
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