Originally Posted by Brutus
Even if you assumed an eye test was a safe way to draw such a conclusion, when has he really ever been given "regular starting duties" long enough to determine he's "more prone to slumps?"
Just a cursory look at his game logs shows he's only made at least a week's worth of starts consecutively once in his career (this year when Stubbs went on the DL). So I honestly don't see how anyone should believe they have enough data to know whether someone was prone to slumps given such limited opportunity.
I recall several stints last year when he was given regular time in the OF, though yes, this is all based on memory so I concede completely that I could be mistaken. At any rate, I think his stats warrant another regular go at it out there.