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5 Players Who Will Bounce Back From Disappointing 1st Halves After the All-Star Break

CLEVELAND, OHIO - MAY 24: Jordan Luplow #8 of the Cleveland Indians rounds the bases on a solo homer off starting pitcher Blake Snell #4 of the Tampa Bay Rays during the fourth inning at Progressive Field on May 24, 2019 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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The MLB All-Star break has come and gone, and plenty of the league's stars just recharged in order to continue their phenomenal seasons. However, there are a few players who were expected to enjoy great success in 2019 who couldn't manifest it in the first half of the year. However, for these five players, there's a good chance that they bust out of their slumps in the second half.

5. Matt Carpenter, St. Louis Cardinals

ARLINGTON, TEXAS - MAY 18:  Matt Carpenter #13 of the St. Louis Cardinals hits a rbi double in the fifth inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington on May 18, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
St Louis Cardinals v Texas Rangers | Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

Carpenter has put together a very uncharacteristic .216/.325/.381 slash line with just 10 homers through the first half of the season. While he may not hit for average, he could easily experience a power surge, something that typically arrives for him in the second half of the year. He hasn't hit fewer than 21 home runs since 2014, so expect the power to come back for Carpenter as he returns from the IL, just in time for the Cardinals to chase a playoff spot.

4. Robinson Cano, New York Mets

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JULY 02:  Robinson Cano #24 of the New York Mets looks on against the New York Yankees during their game at Citi Field on July 02, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
New York Yankees v New York Mets | Al Bello/Getty Images

The All-Star break could not have come at a worse time for Cano, as he had raised his batting average nearly 20 points in the previous week. While it may seem like a stretch, we can't forget that Cano has always been a great hitter, even after his suspension last year, hitting .317 with six homers in the second half of the year. If Cano can start hitting again, things could start looking up for the Mets down the stretch.

3. Paul Goldschmidt, St. Louis Cardinals

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - JULY 05: Paul Goldschmidt #46 of the St. Louis Cardinals hits a home run in the first inning against the San Francisco Giants at Oracle Park on July 05, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
St Louis Cardinals v San Francisco Giants | Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Goldschmidt's first season in St. Louis is clearly not going according to plan, as he's having his worst season of his career. His .254/.343/.426 slash line features the lowest numbers he's ever produced (excluding his rookie season), and his .769 OPS is nearly 150 points lower than his career average. He could be turning things around, as he homered twice in the final series of the first half against the San Francisco Giants, and is hitting .364 with a 1.167 OPS in his last six games. With Marcell Ozuna still out, the Cards need Goldschmidt to step up and be the offensive juggernaut they thought they were getting when they traded for him last winter. His play in the final week of the first half could mean that he's making a comeback.

2. Jose Ramirez, Cleveland Indians

KANSAS CITY, MO - JULY 04: Jose Ramirez #11 of the Cleveland Indians celebrates with teammates after his home run pushed their lead to 8-3 over the Kansas City Royals during the seventh inning at Kauffman Stadium on July 4, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Reed Hoffmann/Getty Images)
Cleveland Indians v Kansas City Royals | Reed Hoffmann/Getty Images

Ramirez can't hit like this forever, right? After transforming himself into an AL MVP candidate the past two seasons, he fell off a cliff in the first half of the year, compiling a .218/.308/.344 slash line, with his on-base percentage being nearly 80 points lower, and his slugging percentage being a whopping 200 points lower, than his 2018 mark. The month of June was the least kind to him, as he had a lowly .620 OPS in that time. However, things seem to be looking up for Ramirez, as he's hitting .273 and has a .591 slugging percentage in the month of July. Better days are very much ahead for the third baseman.

1. Blake Snell, Tampa Bay Rays

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JUNE 25: Blake Snell #4 of the Tampa Bay Rays reacts as manager Kevin Cash #16 walks to the mound during the fourth inning of the game against the Minnesota Twins on June 25, 2019 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Twins defeated the Rays 9-4. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
Tampa Bay Rays v Minnesota Twins | Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

Snell has had a seriously disappointing season with the Rays after capturing the AL Cy Young award in 2018. He's compiled a 4.70 ERA with a .251 batting average against him and 13 home runs served up, which puts him on a pace to put up a season full of lowly statistics. The only category he continues to produce in is strikeouts, as he has 122 to his name in 18 starts. His last two outings entering the All-Star break were very encouraging, however, as he had a 2.45 ERA with 17 strikeouts in 11 innings against the New York Yankees and Texas Rangers. If the Rays want to take the division lead back from the Yankees, Snell will have to pitch like a bonafide ace again, and is a good bet to do it.