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Stat of the Day: OPS leaders since the All-Star break

Aug 9, 2011, 12:42 PM EDT

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The overall OPS leaderboard is filled with familiar names as Jose Bautista, Matt Holliday, Lance Berkman, Prince Fielder, and Miguel Cabrera hold the top five spots, but the OPS leaderboard since the All-Star break has a few more surprises:

Mike Napoli          1.329
Hideki Matsui        1.214
Troy Tulowitzki      1.139
Omar Infante         1.099
Dan Uggla            1.070
Michael Morse        1.057
Jesus Guzman         1.047
Shane Victorino      1.025
Edwin Encarnacion    1.023
Dustin Pedroia       1.022

Mike Napoli has been fantastic all season for the Rangers, hitting .299 with 18 homers and a 1.009 OPS in 71 games while the catcher the Angels always preferred over him, Jeff Mathis, is batting .181.

Hideki Matsui has come alive after a terrible first half, showing that he still has some gas left in the tank at age 37, while Omar Infante’s turnaround is on hold thanks to a broken finger.

To get a feel for just how awful Dan Uggla was early on this season, consider that he’s currently riding a 29-game hitting streak and ranks fifth among all MLB hitters with a 1.070 OPS since the All-Star break, yet is batting just .220 with a .716 OPS overall.

Michael Morse has quietly emerged as one of the best hitters in the National League dating back to beginning of last season, batting .309 with 34 homers and a .904 OPS in 688 plate appearances for the Nationals during that time.

Jesus Guzman might be the most unlikely name on the second-half leaderboard, because he’s a 27-year-old journeyman and career minor leaguer … and he’s doing all that damage while calling Petco Park home.

  1. Ari Collins - Aug 9, 2011 at 12:51 PM

    Michael Morse might be the best slugger no one has heard of.

    • hittfamily - Aug 9, 2011 at 2:50 PM

      Wasn’t he traded for Ryan Langerhans? Great move Seattle.

      • IdahoMariner - Aug 9, 2011 at 4:36 PM

        yeah. sigh. I always liked morse.

  2. deathmonkey41 - Aug 9, 2011 at 1:01 PM

    I wanted the Yankees to trade for Matsui and use him as the primary DH.

  3. icanspeel - Aug 9, 2011 at 1:08 PM

    Jesus Guzman has always hit in the minors, but defense was always his question mark, but the Padres are the first team to really give him major league playing time and he is making the most of it so far.

  4. Joe - Aug 9, 2011 at 2:01 PM

    I’m surprised nobody has mentioned that Michael Morse used steroids several years ago.

    • sawxalicious - Aug 10, 2011 at 1:53 AM

      You ruined it for him…everyone forgot until now…

  5. clydeserra - Aug 9, 2011 at 2:10 PM

    Angels traded 3.7 fWAR for .2.

    And they get to pay Wells $86M through 2014.

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