Generally speaking when an entire team is cold you shouldn't worry about a single player on it. If you look at the stats on baseballprospectus the Brewers have faced pitchers with a combined OPS against of under .700. It is mostly just a case of facing a bunch of hot pitchers.
His entire ML career, early major league production when called up, and last season are indication. Aside from that, I don't know what you're looking for. The guy's underperformed for what was expected of him thus far and is still batting .283. He's stolen 4 bases with 0 CS. He only hit 1 HR in his first 100 AB last season, so there's no reason to be concerned quite yet. I think he could be in store for a big May.
He's got 137 games left to work with. I think his season totals will be fine.
After trading away Josh Hamilton, I'm really leaning on a combination of Hart/Franceour/Pence/Votto to fill in two roster spots. Just based on matchups so far it hasn't been too bad, but it certainly hasn't lived up to expectations either.
I'm 100% confident that he'll turn it around. With Cameron coming back, Braun and Fielder in front of him, and Hall hitting bombs behind him, he couldn't be batting in a much better spot in the lineup (unless they strangely moved him in front of Braun or Fielder).
Just by the simple fact that he's got two solid years at .280+, with 9 homers in half a season (2006) and 24 homers in a full season (2007), I'm completely confident that he'll end up near the .285/20-25 numbers that I'm expecting. The 30 SB I'm hoping for may be a bit high, but even if he only breaks 20 he'll be worthy as a #3 OF on my team.
Beyond that, I don't see how anyone in the middle of the Brewers lineup couldn't end up with 85/85 runs and RBIs by the end of the season, even if they continue slumping.
Ender wrote:Generally speaking when an entire team is cold you shouldn't worry about a single player on it. If you look at the stats on baseballprospectus the Brewers have faced pitchers with a combined OPS against of under .700. It is mostly just a case of facing a bunch of hot pitchers.
Definitely agree with this. I'll wait until Prince Fielder and Ryan Braun get it going before passing any judgment on Hart.