Aubrey Huff is the biggest 2nd half player ever, look at the numbers.
You know, I see this argument over and over and over again, and I begin to wonder... these guys saying "Look at the numbers!"; do they
look at the numbers? I'm not entirely sure they do. Because Huff's second half production doesn't exactly blow me away, really. I mean, let's look here...
Huff K'd 8 more times (41) in 68 less at bats (266), despite batting .331 after a .269 first half. He matched his first half RBI total (52), walked 12 less times (22) in the second half than the first. Essentially, after his .191 April, he was a .280-.300 hitter for the rest of the year, with the exception of an incredible .385 August.
Huff bat .320 after the break after finishing up the first half at .303. Again this stat was a bit misleading, as Huff went back to his .280-.300 self after a .250 April and .277 May. He drove in 7 more runs (57) in the second half than first, in 70 less at bats. That's a pretty nice statistic. However, his HR output was equal in each half (17), and his gap power diminished severely (31 doubles in the first half to 16 in the second). He had 20 less hits in 80 less at bats, but only raised his OPS .050 points from one half to the next. Not really enough to back up these claims of his second half dominance that seem to be running rampant.
Before 2003, you can't really compare stats from half to half. In 2002, Huff played in only 37 games before the break, as opposed to 76 after. Hard to weigh those totals against one another. His 2001 numbers are hardly different from one another, posting a near-identical OBP from half to half.
The bottom line is, Huff simply isn't batting as well as he has in year's past. You can go on and on about how he's bound to turn around due to his "second half greatness history", but be prepared for the possibility of him batting .250 all year. Other than a 3 run homer today, he's shown next to no signs of improvement at the plate, at all. He's been terrible in each month, and even with his AVG being up to .275 for June, his OBP isn't up at all; he's walking a lot less. Not getting pitches to hit. So, when you see him listed as this giant buy low candidate, be careful of what you're willing to give up for the guy. There's nothing close to a guarantee that he goes .300 from here on out, or even .280 for that matter.