Now that we’ve passed the All-Star break, we are moving into the unofficial second half of the season. Some players are renowned for their second-half surges, yet some are infamous for falling apart in the dog days. I’ve taken the liberty of breaking the Phillies’ starters into three categories…
SELL HIGH: Players who have historically proven a disappointing second half
- Ben Revere sees his average drop 33 points after the first half as well as a decrease in just about every other fantasy stat.
- Chase Utley experiences a drop in offensive production in the second half, most drastically in slugging percentage.
ON THE FENCE: Players who haven’t proved enough to predict an increase or decrease in performance
- Cody Asche in his limited major league experience has slightly lower numbers in the second half.
- Domonic Brown in a small sample size sees an uncommonly big drop in power in the second half, but fairly even numbers elsewhere.
- Marlon Byrd has better second half numbers, but not by a substantial amount.
BUY LOW: Players who have historically proven a significant increase in production in the second half
- Carlos Ruiz sees an increase in each sector of the triple-slash line: batting average, on-base percentage, and especially slugging percentage.
- Ryan Howard, despite his numbers being down this season, should see a large increase in offensive production, although most likely not enough to see typical end-of-year Ryan Howard numbers.
- Jimmy Rollins experiences a surge in the second half of seasons particularly in power.
Ben Revere has 14 hits in his last eight games played.
Analysis: Ben Revere is not the most well rounded fantasy outfielder but he has been getting the job done for over three years now. Thus far this season Revere is hitting .299 with 10 stolen bases and 14 runs scored. He ranks 3rd among major league outfielders in stolen bases, 20th in batting average and 21st in runs scored. He is currently the 17th best fantasy outfielder this season.
His numbers thus far should not come as a surprise. Revere is a career .286 hitter with 106 stolen bases in just 366 career games. If he stays healthy he will hit the 40-50 stolen base mark. Revere does lack extra base power but he really pulls his weight in steals and batting average. Keep in mind that Revere did miss half of the season last year but he still managed to hit .305 and swipe 22 bags.
Ben Revere is available in 20-50% of fantasy leagues. Revere is a reliable fantasy option in the stolen base and batting average departments compared to Coco Crisp, Carl Crawford and BJ Upton.
Ben Revere’s batting average is up to .331 at the moment as he continues to put together a solid 2012 season.
Analysis: Ben Revere may not have a home run this year but his slugging percentage is up over .90 points and his isolated power is up .33 points from last year. Revere has his strikeout rate down to 6.2% thus far this season, which is third lowest in all of baseball. The outfielder simply puts the ball in play and uses his speed. He stole thirty-four bags last year and is on pace to steal nearly thirty again this year. His batting average and speed numbers are enough to justify a roster spot on most squads in deeper leagues. Revere is hitting in the two spot in the Twins order in front of Joe Mauer which is always a good place to be for a solid run total.
There isn’t much to dislike about Revere aside from his lack of power. He puts the ball in play, steals bases and as long as his BABIP doesn’t dip below .320 he will remain a valuable outfielder. Revere is available in sixty percent of fantasy leagues and he is certainly worth a look.