Kent didn't drop off much in the 2nd-half last year:
Pre-All Star: 309 ab, 51 r, 15 hr, 60 rbi, 4 sb, .304/.381/.515
Post-All Star: 244 ab, 44 r, 14 hr, 45 rbi, 2 sb, .270/.371/.508
His runs and RBI were lower, but he had 65 fewer at-bats.
He had a great April (1.100 OPS), a weak May (.571), a great June (1.059), then settled in and was fairly consistent from July through the end of the year.
I think the beaning to the noggin could be a factor. After Hafner got conked in the cabeza last season, he hit the DL and was slow to get going again after he came off the DL.
I'm not worried about Kent yet.
Roger Angell: I was talking with Bob Gibson and I said: 'Are you always this competitive?' He said: 'Oh, I think so. I got a three-year old daughter, and I've played about 500 games of tic-tac-toe with her and she hasn't beat me yet.'