Today, I look at the NL second half leaders in extra base hits (XBH). As stated in a previous post on a similar topic, looking at second half stats could result in finding a "hidden" power hitter for your 2010 draft. By "hidden", I mean someone who either is not expected to hit for power or is not hyped as a power hitter by the experts in the field.
So let's take a look at the second half leaderboard for XBH after the jump.
|Howard, Ryan 1B PHI||287||52||87||17||2||23||75||4||0.303||0.380||0.617||42|
|Lee, Derrek 1B CHC||254||51||85||22||2||18||55||1||0.335||0.433||0.650||42|
|Rollins, Jimmy SS PHI||326||50||89||23||4||14||43||15||0.273||0.308||0.497||41|
|Ethier, Andre RF LA||277||44||82||25||2||13||50||2||0.296||0.385||0.542||40|
|Braun, Ryan J. LF MIL||308||52||100||20||3||16||56||13||0.325||0.374||0.565||39|
|Holliday, Matt LF STL||271||54||97||21||2||16||66||5||0.358||0.419||0.627||39|
|Pujols, Albert 1B STL||269||52||85||24||0||15||50||6||0.316||0.419||0.573||39|
|Fielder, Prince 1B MIL||284||46||80||13||1||24||63||1||0.282||0.381||0.588||38|
|Murphy, Daniel LF NYM||271||31||77||28||3||7||37||3||0.284||0.315||0.487||38|
|Votto, Joey 1B CIN||269||49||81||24||0||14||43||2||0.301||0.400||0.547||38|
|Zimmerman, Ryan 3B WAS||268||52||78||15||3||19||54||2||0.291||0.370||0.582||37|
|Jones, Garrett 1B PIT||276||37||80||19||0||17||38||7||0.290||0.370||0.544||36|
|Tulowitzki, Troy SS COL||263||53||90||14||5||17||56||9||0.342||0.419||0.627||36|
|Pagan, Angel LF NYM||293||45||89||19||10||6||29||8||0.304||0.341||0.498||35|
|Gonzalez, Adrian 1B SD||248||41||76||17||1||16||47||0||0.307||0.427||0.577||34|
|Coghlan, Chris 3B FLA||304||54||113||21||5||7||32||4||0.372||0.423||0.543||33|
|Lee, Carlos N. LF HOU||286||30||84||20||0||13||53||3||0.294||0.333||0.500||33|
|Reynolds, Mark 3B ARI||257||43||66||13||0||20||40||9||0.257||0.344||0.541||33|
|Francoeur, Jeff RF NYM||285||40||88||20||2||10||39||1||0.309||0.336||0.498||32|
|Sandoval, Pablo 1B SF||270||38||88||20||2||10||35||1||0.326||0.387||0.526||32|
|McCutchen, Andrew OF PIT||283||51||81||17||4||10||31||15||0.286||0.378||0.481||31|
Daniel Murphy and Garret Jones are two guys I wrote about in the previous article on extra base hit leaders. Most experts have their doubts that Jones can continue to hit like he did in 2009. I have my doubts that Murphy can turn those doubles into HRs in 2010, but a change of scenery would definitely help him, not that the Mets will deal him.
Speaking of the Mets, they have 3 outfielders amongst the top 21 in second half extra base hits on this list in Murphy (I know, he plays alot of 1B), Angel Pagan and Jeff Francoeur. Pagan is very intriguing in that he may be the perfect player for the Mets in their new ballpark. He has speed and some pop. The 10 triples in 293 ABs is amazing. Pagan may not have a starting job in 2010, but should see alot of time with Carlos Beltran's injury history and Francoeur's long slumps.
I am curious if Rollin's second half stats are more indicative of what we will see in 2010 from him, or is his full season stats (21-77-31-.250-.296-.423) the better indicator?