MLB’s regular season is a marathon, not a sprint. A fast start doesn’t guarantee a career year and a slow start doesn’t mean a player is going to consistently struggle. Sometimes, all it takes is one pitch for a hitter to go on a hot streak.
The following six hitters each had varying levels of expectations for the 2018 season, but they all have one thing in common: their year didn’t exactly get off to a fast start. They each used the All-Star break to take a breath, refocus, and at least somewhat change the perception of their season-long performance.
Which hitters are hoping the good vibes that came with a strong second half will follow them around all winter and tag along for the start of 2019?