This article is part of our Regan's Rumblings series.
As I type these words on the morning of July 29, I know there will be more action over the next couple days, but as of NOW, the biggest move has been the Mets' odd acquisition of Marcus Stroman. For a team sitting 11.5 back in the division with seven clubs ahead of them in the Wild Card race, it's obviously a move more for 2020 when it seems unlikely that the rotation will contain both Noah Syndergaard and Zack Wheeler. Either way, we should see a ton of relievers change teams over the next couple of days, so get that FAAB money ready to buy some saves.
This week, I'm taking a look at some non-superstars off to great second-half starts. We've all seen the "old" Jose Ramirez return (.366/.387/.775 in 2H) while Christian Yelich is hitting his usual .377/.441/.705. Here though are 10 guys who maybe we weren't expecting this from.
Danny Santana, OF, TEX (.403/.431/.839, 6 HR, 3 SB)
Talk about a guy coming out of nowhere. Santana the past four seasons at the big league level hit just .219/.256/.319 with six homers and 28 steals in 735 plate appearances. This year he's somehow hitting .324/.355/.588 with 15 home runs and 12 stolen bases. Santana is walking at just a 4.1 percent clip while striking out in 27.6 percent of his PAs, and while a .406 BABIP isn't likely sustainable, it's tough to explain a .264 ISO, a mark that was just .100 from