I agree. Be patient. But at the same time I am modertaing my expectations.
Let's face it, the A's offense is toothless -- not just in its performance to date, but also in its potential explosiveness. In that lineup, Chavez can not realistically generate the number of runs and RBIs that I "paid" for in the draft.
With about 20% of the season gone next week and the offense playing so poorly (and its limited potential), I'd be happy with Chavez's 2000 numbers .275/26/86. Anything more is a bonus.
I'll echo something that was said in MLB.com yesterday and I think can't be overlooked. Hitters hit. Chavez will likely rebound.... but every year there are a handful of guys who just have bad seasons for unexplainable reasons. For every Brian Roberts there is an underachiever that balances the scales.
Cause for optimisim? His K and BB rates are on par with his historical performance. Nothing is fundamenatlly flawed in his approach.