tinfoilxtouch wrote:I think it's funny when Bonds starts out hitting .167 with no homers, everyone thinks there is no doubt he'll come around. If we were talking about any other 42-year old on the planet, everyone would be saying he's washed up. Nobody in the sport ever improved after the age of 35 in the way Bonds did. Now maybe it was steroids, or maybe it was a freak thing... but one way or the other, do we expect him to hit .350 and 40HR until he's 75? He's going to come back to earth sometime...
Could not have said it better. No everyday player, NO ONE, has played effectively into their mid-40s, yet most seem to think that a player who missed 148 games with knee injuries, and whose knee is still bothering him, will bounce right back to OPS of 1.200+ three months shy of his 42nd birthday.
Now, I would not advocate dropping him. And unless you have a decent option on your bench, I wouldn't bench him. But he's not, IMHO, the automatic play/no questions asked status he used to be in.
Going into COL and ARI are reasons to keep him active. But if it were SD and LA, I wouldn't be as sure until he's showed he's got his timing and/or leg strength back.