With the All-Star break wrapped up, it's time to see which players are set to have a stellar second half of the season. Here are five players in great position to have a dominant rest of the season.
5. Jacoby Ellsbury, New York Yankees
Being on a Yankees team that is .500 and seven games back of the Orioles, it is easy for Ellsbury's .279 average, 16 stolen bases and 29 RBI's to be over looked. In the last seven games before the All-Star break, Ellsbury hit .323 with a homerun. When it's all said and done, look for Ellsbury to have a .300 average, 35 stolen bases and 15 home runs. If he can help the Yankees get the bats going with that bullpen, look out.
Yankees are 44-44, 7.5 games back in the AL East
4. Trevor Bauer, Cleveland Indians
Chris Sale's monster first half has kept Bauer out of the Cy Young conversation, but Bauer's pitching still has the Indians in position to make a deep playoff run and maybe even make it to the World Series. The kid is 7-3 on the year with a 3.30 ERA and 91 strikeouts, but he caught fire before the break. In his last seven games, Bauer went 4-1 with a 2.23 ERA and 44 stikeouts. Don't be surprised if Bauer pitches the Indians to late October.
The Indians are 52-36, in first place in the AL Central
3. Kris Bryant, Chicago Cubs
Bryant put himself in great position to continue his incredible first half of the year as he hit .286 with 25 homeruns and 65 RBI's. In only his second year in the majors, the dude is on pace for 50 homeruns. Leading up to the break, Bryant hit .409 with two homeruns and a .773 slugging percentage. Bryant even hit a dinger off Chris Sale in the All-Star Game.
The Cubs are 53-35, in first place in the NL Central
2. Johnny Cueto, San Francisco Giants
With all the talk around Bumgarner, Kershaw and Arrieta, Cueto has flown under the radar. Cueto is a big reason the Giants are some people's pick to take the Wrold Series crown in October. A 13-1 record with a 2.47 and 115 strikeouts has him in position to possibly win 20 games and the Cy Young. He is 5-0 in his last seven games with a 2.72 ERA, 43 strikeouts and only 10 walks.
The Giants are 57-33, in first place in the NL West
1. Giancarlo Stanton, Miami Marlins
A fairly slow start to the year kept Stanton out of the All-Star Game, but every baseball fan watched the clinic he put on in the Homerun Derby. Stanton hit the 10 longest homeruns in the derby and looks to keep that power going in the second half and prove he is a superstar in the league. Stanton became a force before the break hitting .370 with 7 homeruns and a 1.037 slugging percentage in his last seven games.
The Marlins are 47-41, 6.0 games back in the NL East