Kelly Gruber wrote:Similarly, which players will be overvalued because of amazing April/firsth half starts?
Here's who I know of so far:
What about pitchers?
You have missed on Delgado as well. Throughout his career he has slightly better 2nd half numbers.
I personally think heat up and cool down numbers are not worth taking too much notice of.
Before the start of last season Jorge Posada was recognised as a player who cooled down in the 2nd half. I can understand that with catchers who are affected by wear and tear as the season wears on but last year Posada hit .320 after the All Star break (he is a .270 career hitter!!!)
Every year someone will put a list out stressing the heat up and cool down impact. And every year half of those on the list will go the other way. IE: Garet Anderson, Rafael Furcal, Bret Boone, Vicente Padilla and Randy Wolf last year.
Having said all that here are a few players that do consistently heat up after the break. I don't believe it happens consistently in reverse very often. Mike Lowell, Shea Hillenbrand and Juan Encarnacion are three exceptions that come readily to mind.
Guys that do repeatedly heat up after the break are
Only a small list though isn't it?