MLB: 4 National League Hitters Who Need to Have Big Second Halves

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Jul 16, 2013; Flushing, NY, USA; National League second baseman Brandon Phillips (4) of the Cincinnati Reds warms up before the 2013 All Star Game at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

A new half is almost like a clean slate.

Well, not quite. The first-half numbers technically don’t go away, but a productive second half has its many benefits, especially for those on contenders. For those who aren’t sniffing October baseball, adding a little jolt to the stats is the upside. Some players–impending free agents–also need a solid second half to bolster their free-agent stock.

So, there is plenty riding on the second half. Add in the stretch run, and it makes for some interesting scenarios, both of which can be positive and negative.

Let’s take a look at four National League hitters who need to have a good second half.

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Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks Atlanta Braves B.J. Upton Brandon Phillips Cincinnati Reds Gerardo Parra Hunter Pence San Francisco Giants

  • metalhead65

    Phillips downward turn started because he was hit by a pitch by the pirates injuring his arm. he missed 4 games and has played hurt since then and while his average went down his run production didn’t. he was still among the league leaders in that category. the real problem with the reds offense has been the automatic out in the 2 hole in Zach cozart who dusty bake insisted on keeping there to hit into double plays killing reds rallies. fortunately he seemed to finally realizes that he had to make a switch and move him down in the order. now if he would only give Heisey or robinson consistent playing time in that spot the reds offense might start to click.