in my league bb's and k's are categories for hitters. i was recently offered a trade for atkins, and i'm confused about these 2 stats this year. his avg is about where we'd expect, 8 homers seems about right, so these stats tell me he's not really in a slump....but his bb/k ratio of 9/36 is by far the worst we've seen from him over his career (not counting those 69 AB from 2003).
for the colorado fans or anyone that gets to see him play in person, any ideas for why this is happening? is it that he has no protection in the lineup this year (being pitched around)? is he not seeing the ball well but getting lucky in the avg and hr department? change in batting stance? or just a fluke? normally the bb/k stats dont vary too much year to year, so i'm thinking its not a fluke. thoughts?