That being said, a slump can always be a great time to buy low on a big name, so take note of who’s struggling, and determine if you feel their slump is long-term or just a temporary lull worth capitalizing on.
J.R. Towles, C, Astros
While not much was expected out of Towles this year to begin with, he is currently in the middle of an absurdly terrible 0-28 hitless streak. He sits just 18 short of the longest hitless streak for a position player, a prestigious record held by Bill Bergen of the late Brooklyn Dodgers, who went 46 at bats without a hit in 1909.
Tim Hudson, SP, Atlanta Braves
Hudson had a rough outing against the Angels Friday allowing 8 earned runs in just 3 2/3 innings of work. To make matters worse, it now appears as though he will miss his next start as a result of the back pain that arose during his Friday outing.
Andre Ethier, OF, Los Angeles Dodgers
After setting the league abuzz with his impressive hit streak earlier this season, Ethier has since cooled off in a major way. He has just 3 hits and 2 RBI’s in his last 35 at bats.
Dexter Fowler, OF, Colorado Rockies
Fowler is hitting just .241 on the year, but the real issue is that he has stolen just 2 bases this season, a disappointing total for a player known for his speed.
Johnny Gomes, OF, Cincinnati Reds
Gomes looked like a breakout candidate earlier this year after racking up 6 home runs in the first month, but has since hit a major slump, with just one homer since, and as a result his batting average now sits at just .171.
Jon Garland, SP, Los Angeles Dodgers
Garland, who the Dodgers were hoping would provide some veteran depth in their rotation, was absolutely awful in his lone appearance this week, allowing 7 earned runs on 11 hits before being pulled after 3 2/3 innings. He has now earned just one victory on the year with four losses and a 4.75 ERA.
Dan Uggla, 2B, Atlanta Braves
Uggla has been boom or bust this season, but mostly bust. While he does have a serviceable 7 homeruns and his power is what he is known for, he is hitting just .185 and has a single RBI over his last 10 games
Mike Gonzalez, RP, Baltimore Orioles
Gonzalez has been largely innefective for the Orioles this year, and things didn’t get any better this week. He topped off his struggles by being ejecting for throwing at and connecting with the head of the Yankees Chris Dickerson.
Edinson Volquez, SP, Cincinnati Reds
Saying it was a rough week for Volquez would be an understatement. After lasting just 2 2/3 against the Indians and allowing 6 earned runs Volquez used his flawless logic to blast teammates for not providing enough run support. As a result, Volquez is now pitching for the AAA Louisville Bats, as management clearly didn’t share his sentiments.