Top 5 Baseball Players To Watch After The 2014 All Star Break
5 MLB Players to watch out for After The All Star Break
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Jason Hammel, Oakland Athletics - Hammel was brought over from the Chicago Cubs to give the A’s a complete pitching rotation that can lead them possibly to the World Series. We’ve only seen Hammel pitch once for the Athletics, a game he lost while giving up six hits and two runs in five innings. Not exactly the debut Oakland fans were hoping for, but there’s plenty of chances for Hammel to prove that management made the right decision. Hammel has only been in the postseason twice in his career and has pitched in many meaningless games throughout those years. It’s going to be interesting to see how the new A’s addition handles the pressure of help getting Oakland over the top.
Jose Abreu, Chicago White Sox – Fred Lynn and Ichiro Suzuki are the only two players in baseball history who have won Rookie of the Year and MVP. Well, Abreu has a chance to be the third player to accomplish the feat. Abreu leads the American League with 29 homeruns, is third with 73 RBI and is batting a solid .292. Keep in mind that Abreu missed 14 games in late May due to injury. Abreu has hit safely in 26 of his last 27 games and is batting .333 in the month of July. Abreu is pretty much a lock to win Rookie of the Year, but he could certainly win MVP if he keeps up the unreal production. You have a chance to witness history, folks.
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David Wright, New York Mets – Just when you think Wright is on the decline at the age of 31 years old, he starts to pick things up and becomes the scary hitter to pitch to that he was a few seasons ago. Wright has 30 hits in the last month and a half and is hitting .345 in the month of July. It shouldn’t be a coincidence that the Mets have won seven of their last nine games since Wright has heated up. The Mets are still seven games back in the NL East and 6.5 in the wild card, but if Wright can carry the offense like he has lately, those numbers could change. Keep an eye on the aging superstar who is proving there’s still something left in the tank.
Hiroki Kuroda, New York Yankees – Kuroda is the only Yankees opening day starters left since Masahiro Tanaka was placed on the DL. The Yankees pitching staff has been up-and-down all season and it’s critical it shows more consistency in order for them to make a strong run towards the playoffs in the second half. Kuroda is a mediocre 6-6 with an ERA of 4.10, but he has allowed two or fewer earned runs in five of his last eight starts. Kuroda is the guy who has to lead the pitching staff until others are able to return or step up. This can’t be a great feeling if you’re a NY fan.
Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals – Harper missed two months of the season due to injury and the Nationals are still tied for first place in the NL East. Harper has just two homers, 11 RBI and is batting .244 in the first half of the season. Harper is still trying to get his feet under him, as he has just four hits and is batting .121 in the month of July. However, Nationals’ fans will tell you that this team needs solid production from Harper if they’re going to hold onto the division lead. The Nats don’t score enough consistently for their superstar outfielder to be a no show. Hopefully for baseball fans everywhere, Harper can get back on track in the second half of the season.