As we enter May, there are a few players that are causing their fan bases to go on panic mode. I think you can guess who. Enjoy the latest edition of our hot streak report.
J.P. Arencibia, C, Toronto Blue Jays
Arencibia is one of the emerging young catchers in the game, but he’s been in a bit of a rut here lately. He’s hitting just .188 on the season with just one homerun and ten runs driven in. I expect him to pick it up soon, though.
Howie Kendrick, 2B, Los Angles Angels
Kendrick started the season as hot as anyone, but now he can’t hit anything. Over his last seven games he’s hitting .136 with no homeruns and no RBI’s.
Albert Pujols, 1B, Los Angles Angels
Angel’s fans are starting to panic. We are in the first day of May and he has yet to hit a homerun. How much longer until he hits a homerun? That massive contract he signed in the offseason is going to be hard for him to make up for if he continues to struggle.
Emilio Bonifacio, OF, Miami Marlins
Bonifacio isn’t known as a power hitter, but he’s going to get his hits and he’s definitely going to steal some bases. Emilio hasn’t done any those things of late, though. The Marlins centerfielder is hitting just .138 over his past seven, with no stolen bases. No one on the Marlins is hitting, so maybe it’s contagious.
Yunel Escobar, SS, Toronto Blue Jays
A big year from Escobar was what many fantasy owners were expecting, but that statement now seems farfetched. Escobar is hitting just .143 with no homeruns or RBI’s in his last seven games. I don’t think this streak will last for long, though. Be patient and he will give some production sooner or later.
Mark Reynolds, 3B, Baltimore Orioles
Reynolds has yet to hit a long ball or drive a run in, and when you don’t hit for a high average, that’s not a good combination. His starting job is slowly diminishing for a rolling Orioles team.
Alex Avila, C, Detroit Tigers
After such a great 2011 campaign, Avila has had his share of struggles in 2012. Over his last seven games he’s hitting just .167 with a homerun and two driven in. He does have three homeruns on the season, so it’s his current woes aren’t as alarming as people might think.
Danny Espinosa, 2B, Washington Nationals
Espinosa put himself on the map by having a great first season in the bigs, but he’s yet to really prove his worth in 2012. Espinosa has hit just one homerun on the season, while only driving in two. A sophomore slump comes to mind.