Originally Posted by 757690
Willie Mays -
1951 after 12 games .163 .294 .326 .620
1952 after 15 games .205 .314 .330 .643
1954 after 19 games .244 .268 .423 .691
1956 after 22 games .209 .303 .384 .687
There are a lot more examples of slow starts just from this guy, but the point is that his OPS over those seasons was .966.
I'm sure there are tons of examples, but stats aren't really the issue here. Right now, Bruce looks like a guy just about any major league pitcher could pitch to, set up and then set him down. I think that is unexpected even for a slumping player. I don't know what Mays looked like back then, but Bruce looks like a 10 year od girl could successfully pitch to him right now. He had an extended period like that in 2010 as well and an even longer period in 2009 where everything he hit was a lazy fly ball. If he is to make the jump to great player that we all hope, then these down periods need to be a lot shorter. I think asking how long or "when" as this thread title does is a fair question.