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5 MLB All-Stars Who Will Regress In Season’s Second Half

5 MLB All-Stars Who Will Regress In Season's Second Half

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With the Midsummer Classic over and the season's second half officially kicking off on Friday, many players are looking to continue their first half success as the 2014 season continues. Yet inevitably, there will be plenty of players unable to replicate such success going forward. Let's take a look at the top five players who made the 2014 MLB All Star Game and are most likely to regress in the second half of the season.

5. Troy Tulowitzki: Colorado Rockies

Troy Tulowitzki: 5 MLB All Stars Who Will Regress In Season's Second Half
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5. Troy Tulowitzki: Colorado Rockies

Troy Tulowitzki: 5 MLB All Stars Who Will Regress In Season's Second Half
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First Half: .345 AVG | .435 OBP | 21 HR | 52 RBI

Troy Tulowitzki's first half numbers are astonishing despite the Colorado Rockies being 15 games under .500 and 13 games out of first place. However, there is no way Tulo can continue such success over the second half of the season. A career .299 hitter, he has never hit over 32 home runs in a season (on pace for 40 in 2014) or knocked in over 105 RBIs; something has to give.

4. Victor Martinez: Detroit Tigers

4. Victor Martinez: 5 MLB All Stars Who Will Regress In Season's Second Half
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4. Victor Martinez: Detroit Tigers

4. Victor Martinez: 5 MLB All Stars Who Will Regress In Season's Second Half
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First Half: .328 AVG | .391 OBP | 21 HR | 55 RBI

It's amazing what actually being healthy for once can do for Martinez's season numbers. The first half of the season was impressive for the Detroit slugger as he already is within four home runs of his career high (25 in 2007). A career .304 hitter, the production isn't necessarily surprising to see. However, Detroit must pray that injuries avoid Martinez as the season progresses.

3. Josh Donaldson: Oakland Athletics

3. Josh Donaldson: 5 MLB All Stars Who Will Regress In Season's Second Half
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3. Josh Donaldson: Oakland Athletics

3. Josh Donaldson: 5 MLB All Stars Who Will Regress In Season's Second Half
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First Half: .238 AVG | .317 OBP | 20 HR | 65 RBI

The average and OBP of Donaldson's first half leaves a great deal to be desired. However, his power and production has helped carry Oakland's stunning first half. In 2013, Donaldson reached career highs with 24 home runs and 93 RBIs -- numbers he is on pace to surpass in 2014 with ease. However, such power seems new for Donaldson, and that is why a regression seems like a foregone conclusion.

2. Alfredo Simon: Cincinnati Reds

2. Alfredo Simon: 5 MLB All Stars Who Will Regress In Season's Second Half
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2. Alfredo Simon: Cincinnati Reds

2. Alfredo Simon: 5 MLB All Stars Who Will Regress In Season's Second Half
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First Half: 12-3 | 2.70 ERA | 116.2 IP

Perhaps the most shocking success of the first half can be awarded to Cincinnati Reds starter Alfredo Simon. Despite spending the majority of his career as a reliever, Simon has exploded onto the scene in 2014. His previous career high for innings in a season came in 2009 with the Orioles (115.2 innings). At the break, Simon has already surpassed that number and could wear down in the second half.

1. Francisco Rodriguez: Milwaukee Brewers

1. Francisco Rodriguez: 5 MLB All Stars Who Will Regress In Season's Second Half
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1. Francisco Rodriguez: Milwaukee Brewers

1. Francisco Rodriguez: 5 MLB All Stars Who Will Regress In Season's Second Half
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First Half: 3-3 | 2.58 ERA | 27 Saves

Who saw this one coming? A fantastic first half of the year made Francisco Rodriguez look like the closer who locked up 62 saves for the Angels in 2008. Already saving more games than he has since 2009 with the Mets, Rodriguez will look to continue the success. However, with 13 years worth of pitching on his arm, there is a strong chance he will not be able to sustain such success.

Grant Doepel is a Cincinnati Reds writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @GrantDoepel, like him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google.