Last night I saw an update flash by on Twitter that Derrek Lee had hit his 12th homer of the year. My first thought was "that can't be right, last time I looked he had four homers on the year". Then I took another look at Lee, my first since mid-June.
On June 17th, Lee went 5-for-5 at the plate. From June 17th to now, Lee has a .294/.331/.538 line with eight homers in 143 at-bats. If Lee is starting to heat up for a big second half run, it wouldn't be anything we haven't seen before. Last year Lee started off slow, with a .233/.329/.366 line in 322 at-bats in the first half. In the second half he posted a strong .298/.373/.516 line. We're seeing the same thing so far this year. Lee started off with a .235/.294/.372 line in 277 at-bats in the first half of the 2011 season. So far in the second half he's hitting for a .321/.368/.604 line in 53 at-bats.
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