EK711 wrote:I'm down on the guy too, but he was considered the top hitting prospect in all of baseball a few years ago, and still has the talent to produce big. I think he showed that last year. He hasn't actually done that bad yet this year even. If he would have gotten 5 more hits to this point, just 5, his average would be up to .271 instead of .210. He had the strained oblique which kept him out for a while, and just recently he got his hand dinged a little, but I'm not going to use this as an excuse for why Tex is performing below everyone's expectations so far. Look at his splits from his only other year in the bigs... Last year:
April 2003, Tex's first 64 ABs of the season.
.188 avg 2 2B 2 HR 7 RBI 7 BB 0 SB
This year since Tex came back from his Oblique injury on April 29th in just 56 ABs:
.179 avg 2 2B 2HR 3 RBI 9 BB 2 SB
If you throw out his first week before he got hurt and had to miss 17 days and consider April 29th his first shot to get himself going then I'd say that he looks like he's just off to a slow start again. That's my excuse for Tex performing poorly. He had to start over and is doing the same thing he did last year. I for one am not giving up on him for at least another month. I don't want to miss out on this year where he could still put up numbers at least as good as last year, and still has potential enough to exceed them.
If it were two weeks into the season everyone would say that it's too early to dump him. Well in my eyes Tex has only had a little over two weeks, I'm not going to dump him.
As for blaming the oblique for his problems I think that's not a good excuse. Javy Lopez had a strained oblique as well, but he's gone 19/62 (.306) since he came back from missing a few games with his oblique strain.
Sure one season is hardly a precedent for getting off to a slow start, but the point is that he's still just really starting to get a chance to swing. At any rate, to repeat what every one else has stated in this thread that is a "Big Teix" supporter, I'd give the guy some time. I don't want to miss out on him catching fire and having to watch him do it on somebody else's team.