3 MLB All-Stars Most Likely to Fall Off the Map in Second Half of 2019 Season
The MLB All-Star Game has come and gone, and to little surprise, the American League beat the National League for the seventh year in a row, and 11 out of the last 14.
As we enter the post-break part of the baseball year, there are a few first-time All-Star selections who may falter as the season winds down. Some have already shown signs of a decline, while one player arguably didn't have any business making the All-Star team in the first place.
Here are three 2019 All-Stars most likely to fall off the map in the 2019 MLB season's second half.
3. Sandy Alcantara, SP, Miami Marlins
It's amazing a guy with a 4-8 record and pedestrian 3.82 ERA made the All-Star Game, but the Miami Marlins needed a representative and for some reason, Sandy Alcantara got the call. (Had fellow starter Caleb Smith not missed time on the IL this year, he'd likely have a much stronger case.) Nonetheless, Alcantara has been unremarkable this season, with a poor strikeout rate and a high WHIP (1.40). He is even a potential candidate to get sent down, once Pablo Lopez returns from the IL, as the Marlins have a number of young starting pitchers to use in the rotation for the remainder of 2019.
2. Paul DeJong, SS, St. Louis Cardinals
Paul DeJong started the season hot, with a .360 batting average and 18 extra-base hits in April. However, he has been dreadful ever since, hitting just above .200 from May through July. DeJong has been heralded for his power at shortstop, but in 2019's batting climate, 13 dingers at the break doesn't have quite the same significance as it used to. DeJong can also be a trade candidate for the St. Louis Cardinals, if they decide to become sellers, but his production has already slipped to levels where a second-half breakout seems unlikely.
1. Austin Meadows, OF, Tampa Bay Rays
Ever since the calendar flipped to June, things haven't been quite the same for Austin Meadows, who got off to a great start in his first full season with the Tampa Bay Rays. Meadows entered June with 12 homers and a .354 batting average, and it has all gone noticeably downhill for him since. He has yet to hit a homer in that time, while seeing his batting average drop by 65 points. Meadows is still a promising young player, but his hot start to 2019 is seemingly compensating for a batter that has been almost useless at the plate in his last 30+ games.
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