Originally posted on Padres Public  |  Last updated 8/22/13
Just for the heck of it, here are three second-half split lines for your review. .367/.404/.656, 136 PA, .436 BABIP .308/.386/.592, 329 PA, .332 BABIP .348/.381/.625, 118 PA, .423 BABIP One of the most difficult things to evaluate is a player hot streak.  Is it an indicator of a new level of performance the player will keep?  Is it a flash in the pan?  This evaluation is made more difficult when the team is ‘playing out the string’.  Even though the competition is major league all the time – unlike spring training, where it can vary dramatically – it’s tough to determine causality.  Is the player looser at the plate because the games matter less?  Has he changed his pitch selection pattern?  Has he fixed a hole in his swing? Will Venable is currently on a hot streak.  The reigning NL Player of the Week won the award by hitting .406 (13-32), leading the NL in hits during the week, and tied for second in runs scored (seven).  A fifteen game hitting streak that was snapped last night, plus
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