Tokugawa wrote:Saying the Cleveland offence is struggling is too simplistic an answer to explain Hafner's troubles. Of course he is getting fewer runs and rbi opportunities, but the fact that the team is struggling shouldn't really affect his batting average or hr totals, unless the arguement is that he is putting more pressure on himself.
Up to this point he's been a major dissapointment, was last year an anomally?
Don't forget that he no lineup protection either. If he gets hot, or the opposing team is concerned about that matchup he can easily be pitched around with Broussard and Vmart following him the order.
I personally believe its a combination of everything above. I consider this more an Eric Chavez situation, where you are forced to take the hit for drafting him too high and hold until there is some sort of breakout.