Carlos Correa (HOU) - Carlos Correa had another huge day at the plate on Sunday after smashing 2 home runs and notching 2 other hits to finish the day 4-for-5 with 4 runs scored and RBI. Correa finishes the 1st half with 20 homeruns, 65 RBI, 62 runs scored and a slash line of .325/.402/.577. The counting stats have been awfully impressive for Correa, but one area of disappointment has to be the 0 steals on the season after stealing double digits each of the first 2 years in the league. Nonetheless, he'll enter the second half as the top shortstop in fantasy baseball.
Evan Gattis (HOU) - Evan Gattis had a big game in the Astros rout of the Blue Jays going 2-for-5 with a home run and a double. He also scored a couple runs and knocked in 2 runs. Gattis now has an 11 game hitting streak and has been hitting in a more favorable lineup spot for the Astros. He closes out the first half with a respectable 7 homeruns, 35 RBI, 28 runs and a slash line of .280/.338/.471. Most attractive, however, is his improved approach at the plate with a 7% walk rate and just a 14% strikeout rate.
David Price (BOS) - David Price turned in his 4th straight quality start and 5th in his last 6 games on Sunday against the Tampa Bay Rays. Also promising is that he has walked 2 or fewer batters in 4 or more games. Price seems to be rounding into form after missing nearly the first two months of the season with a UCL injury. His last 5 starts have resulted in an 11.9% swinging strike rate and 33% chase rate, which has largely driven his high strikeout totals, but his 38% hard hit rate over that same stretch paired with just an 8.8% HR/FB rate suggests some regression may be on the horizon.
Adam Jones (BAL) - Adam Jones has largely been a disappointment for fantasy owners, but he ended the first half on a high note with a massive 2-homerun, 5 RBI effort against the Twins on Sunday. Jones continues to hit near the top of the order for the Orioles, but with the team generally struggling, Jones' overall numbers remain slightly down. Jones has never been a darling in terms of hard hit rate or batting EYE and his lack of stolen bases further suppresses his value in standard fantasy leagues.
Max Kepler (MIN) - After an abysmal June where Kepler went .215/.247/.366, Kepler is off to a hot start in July, tallying multiple hits in 5 of his 9 games. On Sunday, he added a double and a triple to his totals and raised his season averages to .266/.337/.451. Kepler has an excellent .48 batting EYE with a solid 34% hard hit rate and is a nice candidate for a strong second half.
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