As the second half of the MLB season is set to get underway, let’s take a look back at the top fantasy point producers from the first half.
Max Scherzer (30.8) – Scherzer is 10-5 on the season with a 2.10 ERA. He has struck out 173 batters, which is just five shy of Chris Sale’s MLB-leading 178. Sure, the 12.133 strikeouts per nine IP is impressive and all, but what is arguably the most stunning Scherzer statistic is his 0.779 WHIP, which is the lowest in baseball this season.
|3||Salvador Perez/Alex Avila/Buster Posey||8.3|
Austin Barnes (9.4) – Who is Austin Barnes? Yeah, I had the same question as you did, probably. Barnes has played in 46 games with 106 AB, but he has taken advantage of all his opportunities, totaling 30 H, 8 2B, 2 3B, 5 HR, 19 RBI and 4 SB. Impressive, nonetheless.
Paul Goldschmidt (11.1) – Goldschmidt leads the National League in runs scored with 73. Not bad for somebody that normally bats third in the lineup. He has also cranked 20 home runs to complement his .312 BA and .577 SLG. Goldschmidt and his counterpart 3B Jake Lamb are one of the best corner infield combos in the MLB and have boosted the Diamondbacks into contender status.
|3||Ian Happ/Chris Taylor||9.0|
Jose Altuve (10.6) – I’ve always rooted for the little guy all my life, and Jose might just be the most-liked player in baseball right now. The 5’6” 2B is leading the American League with an impressive .347 BA and 116 hits this season. In 334 at-bats, Altuve has only struck out a mere 46 times.
|5||Anthony Rendon/Nolan Arenado||9.5|
Freddie Freeman (12.7) – Freeman has shown absolutely no rust since returning to action from his wrist injury, going 10-for-26 (.385) in six games with two homers, eight RBI and six runs. The Braves have moved him to third base due to the acquisition of 1B Matt Adams, and they are one macho duo in a powerful Braves lineup.
Travis Shaw (10.0) – The Red Sox are probably wishing they could take a mulligan on the trade that sent Shaw to the Brewers because he’s evolved into a home run machine. The Mayor of Ding Dong City has hit a career-best 19 dingers this season, and he has been scorching hot with a .299 BA. If the MLB had an all-surprise team, Shaw would have my vote 10 times out of 10.
Justin Turner (9.6) – Turner has been one of the most consistent hitters in baseball this year, as he is leading the league in batting average (.377) and OBP (.473). I feel like he doesn’t get a lot of attention since he has been in the shadows of Bellinger’s historic rookie season, but a strong second-half campaign will definitely attract some eyeballs.
Trea Turner (10.9) – The Speed Demon Trea Turner leads the major leagues with 35 stolen bases and was on pace for 69 SB until he fractured his right wrist. While there is still no timetable for his return, Turner is one of the most dynamic leadoff men in baseball, and he has been a consistent success story at the shortstop position this year.
|4||Charlie Blackmon/Bryce Harper||10.8|
Aaron Judge (12.1) – Without a doubt, Judge has been hammering the ball this year. He entered the All-Star Break with 30 home runs, and he more than exceeded expectations in the Derby. Will he continue to showcase his powerful swing in the second half of the season? Or, will he follow in the footsteps of Joc Pederson last season, who hit 20 HR before the break, 39 in the Derby, and then only 6 on the remainder of the year?
Mike Trout (12.0) – Prior to his stint on the disabled list with a thumb injury, Trout was sporting an impressive .337/.461/.742 in 47 games. He hasn’t played since May 28th, but we all are more than aware of what Trout can do. In his fourth and final rehab game down in Class A, he went 1-for-1 with three walks and a triple. Let’s see if he can reel in a solid second half.