Detroit Tigers: Five Bold Second-Half Predictions for AL Central

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Jul 10, 2015; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Twins second baseman

Brian Dozier

(2) celebrates his three run home run to win the game against the Detroit Tigers in the ninth inning at Target Field. The Twins win 8-6. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

Brian Dozier finishes with under 25 HR

Speaking of the Twins, they might be the biggest surprise of the first half with their 49-40 record, which is good enough for second-best in the AL.

A big part of that successful record is second baseman Brian Dozier. He is slashing .256/.328/.513 with 19 home runs and 50 RBI this season. Dozier also has nine steals and is second in the AL with 67 runs.

But Dozier’s splits show that he has always been a better first half performer than second half. Last season, Dozier had 18 bombs at the break but only hit five in the second half.

After hitting at least four home runs in each of the first four months of the season, Dozier only had four homers in August and September combined in 2014.

Expect Dozier to cool off quite a bit in the second half, and as a result, the Twins will fall out of the race.

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