As we move into the middle of May, many respected veterans and established players have been struggling so far this season. Earlier today, MLB.com published a list of 10 players that have flown under the radar with success this season. Here is my list of the top 5 players that have done the opposite so far.
- Curtis Granderson, Mets – Granderson was never the best average hitter (.233 BA in last 6 seasons), and has been known to get off to slow starts. However, his start this season has been truly abysmal. Through the Mets first 37 games (he has appeared in 36 of them) Granderson is hitting just .148 with a .214 OBP Normally a player that can hit for power (20 or more HR in 9 of last 10 seasons), Grandy has just 2 HR and 11 RBI. If he doesn’t pick it up soon, he will find himself the odd man out when Yoenis Cespedes returns from injury.
- Alex Gordon, Royals – Gordon slipped a bit last season (.220 BA/.692 OPS) but his numbers this season are even worse. In 125 AB this season Gordon is hitting .152 with 0 HR and just 7 RBI. His OPS is .456. Gordon’s malaise coincides with the Royals, who at 13-21 own the worst record in the AL.
- Rougned Odor, Rangers – After hitting 33 HR and driving in 88 runs last season, the Rangers rewarded Odor with a 6-year, $49 million dollar contract. Through the Rangers first 39 games (which he has appeared in every one of) Odor is hitting .197 with 6 HR and 17 RBI. At 23 Odor still has a lot of baseball ahead of him and the Rangers invested a big part of their future with him, so hopefully this is just a bad start.
- Dansby Swanson, Braves – Swanson broke upon the scene last season with a bang, hitting .302 in 38 games and playing a big part in the Braves second half revival. However, this season the consensus ROY selection in the NL has really struggled, hitting just .184 with a .248 slugging percentage and 36 K in 125 AB. Great things are still expected from Swanson, who the Braves might send down to help get his confidence back up.
- Jose Reyes, Mets – Not much has gone right for the Mets so far this season, as they find themselves already 8 GB of the Nationals in the NL East. One of things going wrong is Reyes, who just hasn’t found his grove at all. The Mets have moved him up and down the lineup to help get him started, but his .186 BA and .269 OBP are a big reason the Mets are currently 5 games under .500.