Aces who will bounce back

Why Dan Haren, Matt Cain and others will rebound in MLB's second half

Originally Published: July 16, 2013
By Jared Cross | ESPN Insider

Cole HamelsMiles Kennedy/Philadelphia Phillies/Getty ImagesDon't sleep on Cole Hamels, he's as good as he ever was.

We're now in the midst of what most would describe as a great era for pitching, and we're seeing all sorts of incredible performances from hurlers around the league.

Of course, there are a few of the game's more notable arms who aren't holding up their end of the bargain, and posting ERAs more in line with what we might have seen 10 years ago.

With baseball at its midseason break, it's as good a time as ever to identify those pitchers whose stocks have dropped but who are most likely to rally in the second half of the season.

We'll forecast their performances in the second half by identifying key fundamentals such as fastball velocities, strikeouts and walks.

Here are five former aces who are poised to bounce back from slow starts to the season, plus five other arms who will also experience a boost in their results.

Cole Hamels, Philadelphia Phillies

Hamels has a miserable 4-11 record this year, with his teammates providing only 3.2 runs of support per game. Based on player projections, FanGraphs expects the Phillies to score 4.1 runs per game going forward -- good enough to project a winning record for Hamels in the second half.