So, I know there was an article on TGP earlier this week about having patience and giving Raul some time to work things out and to not panic, and I like to listen to the experts and do my best to heed their advice because, well, they are the experts and I am just a typical irrational fan who tends to overreact. And overreact quickly and vehemently. But exactly how much time should we give him before we panic, because I am already panicking and convinced that his time has come and gone and Mayberry should be playing on a more regular basis.
My argument, for the judge and jury out there, after the Jump
Not only is Raul 0 for his last 18 and his season BA has dipped below the Mendoza line, he has looked horrible in doing so (i know it is hard to look anything other than horrible while going 0 for 18, but he has looked extra horrible, extremely horriblerer if you will). Swings and misses on fastballs in the zone. Ditto for sliders way out of the zone. Looking at strike 3s and then throwing a little hissyfit on his way back to the dugout. Seriously, when was the last time he made decent contact and hit the ball hard? His 1 Homerun a few series ago?
And, with all of his offensive issues right now, it's not like he is a defensive stalwart in Left field that can make up for the lack of production at the plate. He has below average range, a below average arm and his last few throws have been painfully off target and possibly to the wrong base (if he has no shot of throwing someone out at home, he should be throwing it to third everytime to keep the runner at second). Mayberry is better defensively in almost every phase of fielding.
Please, someone make me feel all warm and fuzzy about seeing the ever patient Charlie Gump scribbling Raul's name on the lineup card every game. Please.
Thanks, and have a great day!