09 Sep Fantasy Baseball: 9 Under the Radar 2nd Half Trends
Throughout the 6 month grind of the baseball season, weird stuff happens. Eventually, things even out, but a short stretch of a performance could show something in a guys’ tool belt you may not have perceived initially.
Noticing a trend before the masses do can be a huge advantage for fantasy owners. Here are some nuggets I have found after perusing the 2nd half leaderboards at Fangraphs.
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Justin Turner has been electric in the 2nd half, posting a league high 205 wRC+ (triple slash: .368/.459/.664) during that time span.
Aaron Hicks’ approach has vastly changed over the 2nd half, he’s posting a 19.5% BB rate (12.5% in the first half). This has allowed him to place top 10 in runs scored over the 2nd half.
Christian Yelich (.725 slugging percentage) & Ronald Acuna both have 17 homers in the second half, placing them in the top 3 for homers behind Khris Davis, who leads the league in 2nd half homers with 20.
Harrison Bader is striking out 30% of the time in the 2nd half, a putrid number that would surely lower his .276 BA, if it weren’t being supported by a ridiculous .384 BABIP.
Hunter Renfroe is flatout beasting– posting a .278/.302/.589 triple slash while cranking 14 homers in only 169 PA’s, over 42 contests.
German Marquez has been the best Rockies’ pitcher in the second half: posting a 2.79 ERA, a 26% strikeout minus walk rate and has limited the home run ball: only .59 HR/9.
David Price has been unhittable, as he has posted a 1.78 ERA over the second half, and really limited the long ball: a puny .36 HR/9.
After getting cut by the lowly Royals, Clay Buchholz has played like a superstar in Arizona. In the 2nd half, Buchholz has inexplicably posted a 1.66 ERA.
Dereck Rodriguez has been absolutely nails for the Giants, as he has posted a 1.97 ERA and a game-changing .87 WHIP.