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Sale-Cabrera-Holland Strong First-Half

Three Up Three Down

Three Up Three Down All Star Edition

 

Inside the AL Central: Sale, Cabrera and Holland have strong first-half.

 

Every week Three Up Three Down examines each division and offers an in-depth look at the highs and lows with insight for fantasy owners and baseball fans alike.

 

Three Up

 

Chris Sale, SP Chicago White Sox

Sale had a dominating first-half on the mound for the White Sox with a 2.08 ERA in 14 starts trough 95 innings pitched. He struck out 102 batters and walked just 16, while allowing six home runs. He has a WHIP of 0.84 and his SO/9 is 9.7.

Sale limits opposing batters to a .190 batting average, and left-handed batters have a .118 average in 76 at-bats. There is only one start that he has surrendered more than three runs this season.

 

Miguel Cabrera, 1B Detroit Tigers

Cabrera is having another great season with a .306 average and .898 OPS in 343 at-bats with 14 home runs and 75 RBI. He still remains a tough out with runners in scoring position, as indicated by his .381 average and 56 RBI in this situation.

 

Cabrera has yet to have one of his streaks where he crushes everything in sight, and that is something to follow going into the second-half.

 

Greg Holland, RP Kansas City Royals

Holland has been one of the best closers in MLB this season with him saving 25 games. He has blown only one save opportunity and his ERA is 1.82 across 34.2 innings pitched. He has struck out 53 batters and allowed just three home runs. He has an impressive WHIP of 0.98 and his SO/9 is 13.8.

 

 

Three Down

 

Brian Dozier, 2B Minnesota Twins

Dozier didn’t have a good showing at the Home Run Derby as he hit only two home runs, but has still played well during the first-half. He leads the American League in runs scored with 69 and is showing some power. He has 18 home runs and 45 RBI in 360 at-bats.

Dozier is also a threat once he reaches base, as indicated by him stealing 16 bases and he has only been caught five times. The OPS for him is .777, and he is hitting .280 in 100 at-bats against left-handed pitchers.

 

Victor Martinez, DH Detroit Tigers

Martinez was selected as a reserve for the American League team, but will be replaced by teammate Ian Kinsler. It would have been great to see Martinez play, but he has been dealing with a sore right side.

Martinez is hitting .328 in 302 at-bats with 21 home runs and 55 RBI. He has 19 doubles and his OPS is .991. He shows a great eye at the plate by striking out only 23 times. The switch-hitter is hitting .395 against southpaws, and handles right-handed pitchers very well with a .303 average.

 

Michael Brantley, OF Cleveland Indians

Cleveland probably won’t make the postseason, but this doesn’t diminish how Brantley is playing. He is hitting .322 with a .901 OPS in 351 at-bats. He has 38 extra-base hits along with 63 RBI and 10 stolen bases.

 

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