Here are this week’s major slumpers, a list that contains some unusual names. Guys like Bell, Lincecum, and Rollins are usually known for their consistency, rather than their lack thereof, but nonetheless have found their way into a slump in one form or another. Monitor your lineups, and decide if it’s time to finally pull the plug on some of these guys.
Heath Bell, CL San Diego Padres
Bell had been on a tear before this week, before he uncharacteristically blew two saves, earning the loss in both. Hopefully this is just an aberration on what has otherwise been a stellar season.
Neil Walker, 2B Pittsburgh Pirates
Walker has been struggling mightily at the plate recently, going 3 for his last 30 at bats.
Shin-Soo Choo, Of Cleveland Indians
It looks like the DUI from earlier this season may actually be having an effect on Choo’s performance on the field, as he recently claimed. His batting average now sits at a lowly .234 and has driven in just 1 run in his last 11 games.
B.J. Upton, OF Tampa Bay Rays
While Upton continues to be a reliable source of steals, his performance at the plate has been pretty miserable lately. He now has just 4 hits in his last 31 at bats, and it may be time for owners to start deciding if his lack of offensive production is worth his speed on the base paths.
Jimmy Rollins, SS Philadelphia Phillies
J-Roll hit a slump this week, going just 2 for his last 19. His season average now sits at a disappointing .256.
Tim Lincecum, SP San Francisco Giants
Big Time Timmy Jim, hasn’t been real big time lately, as he has allowed 11 earned runs in his last 9 innings of work over 2 games. Overall, he hasn’t been nearly as dominant this year as he has in the past, but it’s been more of an up and down situation. He did, however, get his 1000th strikeout in just his 5th year in the bigs, a great milestone for a guy who has a bright future ahead, regardless of his current struggles.
Chad Billingsley, SP Los Angeles Dodgers
Billingsley was hit hard in his past two starts, giving up 10 earned runs in 9 2/3 innings. He was lucky enough to have his offense bail him out by driving in 9 runs and gain the victory in the first of those two, but don’t let the win fool you, he clearly hasn’t been himself lately.
Brandon Lyon, RP Houston Astros
Lyon hasn’t been real impressive at any point this year, but his performance lately has been even worse. He allowed 4 runs without even registering an inning of work on Sunday against the Braves and gave up another earned run on Friday in an inning of work. Any hope of Lyon regaining the closer role in Houston for cheap saves should be tempered significantly.
Casey McGehee, 3B Milwaukee Brewers
McGehee, who was a force last year in the middle of the Brewer’s lineup, has been downright awful lately. He is hitting just .225 on the year and has just 3 hits in his last 37 appearances at the dish. The Brewers aren’t hurting offensively thanks to Prince Fielder and Ryan Braun, but there’s still a lot of season left, and they will need him to turn things around at some point if they want to remain competitive over the long-haul.
Jason Bay, OF New York Mets
Bay continues to be a huge disappointment for the Mets. He finally broke out of an 0-24 drought at the plate on Saturday, but his batting average sits at just .211 on the year with a lowly 2 home runs, simply unacceptable stats for the kind of money he is earning.