There definitely appears to be a worrying increase in his whiffs and drop in power this year. Coming into the season he struck out 15.6% of the time over his career. This year he has struck out almost 22% of the time; he has struck out twice tonight. 56 K's in 358 AB last year. Already 47 in just 214 AB this year. As a Chipper fan who hates the Braves and has him on his fantasy team, I'm reluctant to admit it, but he appears to have begun a steep drop off in his productivity at age 34. Maybe the injuries have caught up. I hope I'm wrong. He's generally better after the break over is career, so the rest of this year could give an indication if this is true. "Is he a Hall of Fame candidate?" is the question I've been hearing a lot lately.
"Trying to hit him was like trying to drink coffee with a fork." - Willie Stargell on Sandy Koufax