NL UNDERACHIEVING HITTER MOST LIKELY TO CONTINUE DEPRESSED LEVEL OF PLAY
TZ: Rickie Weeks - A second half resurgence, especially in power, helped save Weeks' season last year -- it's not happening again. K's up, power and speed down.
NM: B.J. Upton - Or is it Jason Heyward? I don't know, they both make contact too inconsistently or infrequently for me.
Gallardo: better 2nd half coming?
TH: Any Braves outfielder not named Justin Upton, but even he's close to this category if not for the power.
LM: Darwin Barney - See Joe Blanton.
RC: B.J. Upton - I think it's close between him and Rickie Weeks, but Upton really looks like he needs a change of scenery.
NL UNDERACHIEVING PITCHER MOST LIKELY TO CONTINUE DEPRESSED LEVEL OF PLAY
TZ: Dan Haren - Haren may tease against weaker offenses but he'll get smoked by teams that can hit.
NM: Matt Cain - He just concerns me. Is he injured? Maybe not, but he's too good to struggle for this long and have such a variety of potentially worrisome signs.
TH: Kris Medlen - We're finding out just how ridiculous his 2012 stretch was. Matt Cain's potential health issues would've had me include him here, but it seems that many have forgotten how average, or worse, Medlen has been this year.
LM: Matt Cain - Regression -- and maybe too many perfect game pitches, meaning look out Tim Lincecum too -- will haunt him the rest of the year.
RC: Ian Kennedy - I am starting to lose faith that Kennedy is going to get back on track. He's walking too many hitters and giving up too many homers for a return to form.
NL UNDERACHIEVING HITTER MOST LIKELY TO BOUNCE BACK
TZ: Justin Upton - One more chance and then you are dead to me.
NM: Starlin Castro - His July numbers make this look like an easy answer. It is, even without the July numbers.
TH: Starlin Castro: Come on, you should've known I'd pick him. But they're retooled his swing, and the results are showing.
LM: Ryan Zimmerman - Maybe I am just hoping or wishing, but he is streaky, and last year's second half was off the charts. No reason he can't repeat.
RC: Martin Prado - He's a better hitter than his .253 average would indicate, and if he can work his way back up to the top of the 'Zona lineup, then maybe he can start running again. One stolen base? Come on.
NL UNDERACHIEVING PITCHER MOST LIKELY TO BOUNCE BACK
TZ: Yovani Gallardo - Dude, just stop walking guys!
NM: Cole Hamels - Cliff Lee 2012 redux, kind of. Not the wins, which don't matter, just the problems with leaving too many pitches out over the plate, or up, a problem that was really more of a midseason one for Lee.
TH: Cole Hamels' peripherals say he has to ... right?
LM: Yovani Gallardo - Good peripherals, good second half team suggests better times ahead.
RC: Edwin Jackson - Call this a gut call here, but he has come back to life his last three starts and could find himself moving to a better situation at the deadline.
About Todd Zola, MastersBall.com
Focusing primarily on the science of player valuation and game theory starting in 1997, Todd Zola and Mastersball carved out an important niche in the fantasy industry. In 2006, Todd became the Research Director for fantasybaseball.com, and in 2009, he relaunched Mastersball and is now a managing partner.
Todd competes in Tout Wars and the XFL, and has been a multiple-time league champion in the National Fantasy Baseball Championship. He has been a contributor to the fantasy content at MLB.com and SI.com, is a frequent guest on Sirius/XM and Blog Talk Radio and is an annual speaker at the spring and fall First Pitch Forum symposiums.
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