It's happened before.
* In 2006, he started out 10-for-44 with no extra-base hits in his first 11 games, a .227/.306/.227/.533 clip.
* In 2008, Crawford began 10-for-49 with no extra-base hits in his first 11 games for a .204/.236/.208/.444 line.
* In 2009, after going 4-for-8 in his first two games (at Fenway), he was just 9-for-50 in his next 12 games. His collective ratios to start the year: .222/.250/.333/.583 with 15 strikeouts and just one walk.
As we all know, things turned out just fine.
* In 2006, Crawford broke out with an 8-for-13 stretch over 3 games vs the Royals and Red Sox. From April 15 on, he hit .311/.352/.502/.854, but along the way he endured three 1-for-14 stretches and a 1-for-22 slump. Final line: .305/.348/.482/.830
* In 2008, he woke up by hitting in 12 straight games going 22-for-53, a .415/.407/.660/1.068 stretch. That raised his overall line to .314/.324/.441/.765 by April 25. He did regress from that lofty level, but he was hampered by a finger injury that cost him 43 games down the stretch. He didn't bat once after August 9. Again, he had several other bumpy runs: Three 1-for-12s, Two 1-for 14s, a 1-for-18 and a 1-for-28. FInal line: .273/.319/.400/.718
* In 2009, Carl rose from the dead by going 10-for-20 over his next 5 games. Like a broken record, other droughts came and went throughout the year: 1-for-12, 1-for-14, 3-for-30 and 3-for-37. Despite those cold spells, Crawford hit .314/.376/.467/.843 from April 22 on. Final line: .305/.364/.452/.816
So here we are, having seen him rack yet another 0-fer today that dropped his average to .127. It's been incredibly frustrating to watch him as he presses harder and harder, growing more and more impatient (especially bad for a guy not prone to working deep counts in the first place). And this year's abysmal beginning has clearly been far worse than the others cited above. All our fuming is compounded by the struggles of the rest of the team in just about every facet of the game.
But we're still talking about a player who, other than that injury-shortened 2008 campaign, has hit at least .296, had a minimum OBP of .331, and slugged .450 or greater in every single year since 2004 inclusive. I have no idea how much longer we'll have to go before Hot Carl shows up, or how many other mid-season slumps we'll have to witness, but I have a feeling it'll all be well worth it.
Like I said, it's happened before.
Edited by mabrowndog, 17 April 2011 - 03:48 PM.