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    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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      Great 38: Win tickets to Daytona 500

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      Here's your chance to win tickets to the 2015 Daytona 500. Entering is easy, simply fill out the entry form included. More>>

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      News Now: Media General CEO talks about his career, future for company Video included

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      In December, LIN Media and Media General merged to create the second largest broadcasting company in the country. The former CEO and President of LIN Media, Vince Sadusky, was placed at the helm of the new and improved Media General. More>>

      Bill Schifino, Jr talks about being President-Elect of the Florida Bar Video included

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      Earlier this month, Bill Schifino, Jr. was announced as the 2015-16 President-Elect of the Florida Bar. Schifino comes to this position with a strong resume. More>>

      Trio sets off on 900 mile trek across Florida Video included

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      Joe Guthrie, Mallory Lykes Dimmitt, and Carlton Ward Jr. are embarking on a journey of a lifetime. The trio are setting off on a 70-day, 900 mile trek across the state???without any automobiles.
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      How this guide dog helps one blind triathlete chase her Paralympic dream

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      Every time Paralympic hopeful Amy Dixon makes it to the end of another grueling triathlon, she knows her trusty companion will be waiting for her at the finish line. Sixteen years after she lost vision in her right eye, which she says she viewed as "a death sentence" at the time,  More>>

      Legoland Florida hotel to open in spring; built for kids

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      Legoland Florida Hotel will welcome its first guests a month earlier than previously expected.During an announcement Thursday, Legoland executives announced May 15 as the revised opening date.  More>>

      3 rhinos escape from safari zoo, return safely Video included

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      Three rhinoceroses escaped from their site at a safari zoo in Israel this week, NBC reported.  More>>

      VIRAL VIDEO: Bossy 4-year-old girl feeds 6 pit bull dogs

      Little Girl Controls Pit Bull Dogs | Future Dog Trainer, Jukin Video on YouTube Little Girl Controls Pit Bull Dogs | Future Dog Trainer, Jukin Video on YouTube
      Updated:

      A video of a very authoritative 4-year-old girl feeding six very obedient pit pulls in the middle of a kitchen has gone viral on the web and is prompting a heated debate about the pit bull breed.
      More>>

      8 fun things to do in Tampa Bay this weekend | January 17-18 Video included

      Updated:

      See 8 fun things happening this weekend in Tampa Bay!
      More>>

      'Birdman,' 'Budapest' top Oscar nominations with 9 nods each

      Updated:

      Two extravagant comedies, "Birdman" and "The Grand Budapest Hotel," tied for the most Oscar nominations Thursday morning with nine nods each, including best picture. More>>

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