NZF wrote:GotowarMissAgnes wrote:
Two words for you.
Tell me how he did in his first two months this year.
Tell me how he did after the all-star break.
The notion that Penn's performance is "obviously a mental thing" and "will not be easy to bounce back from" is purely a figment of your imagination. You could be right. But there are hundreds of other equally plausible explanations and to jump to the conclusions you do is a leap that simply can't be defended. Anyone with even a passing knowledge of baseball knows there are thousands of players who struggled for months or more upon coming to the pros who went on to be All-Stars or more.
Your comparison to Markakis is a very poor one. The relevance is miniscule. You say there are hundreds of equally plausible explanations for Penn's inability to pitch effectively at the major league level. Give me ten.
Explain how the comparison is poor and irrelevant. You have a young player who bats .217 in his first two months--essentially the equivalent time that Penn has had starts. So, according to your logic, I should conclude that it is obviously a mental thing that he'll never bounce back from.
Four months later, he's a contender for RoY.
I'll give you one, because it's the most plausible one.
Young players almost always struggle making the leap to the top.
There's certainly mental and physical components to that, but there's no reason to conclude that it is purely a mental issue that will never be overcome.