The 2014 Major League Baseball season is entering the third week of May with a few of the games tops stars struggling. The struggles have not only hurt the teams they play on but their fantasy owners as well. Among these stars the list includes the slow start by Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder, Chris Davis and Mike Trout.
Now when you look at these four players along with other key fantasy players around the league not all of them have struggled as bad as the other. In Los Angeles Mike Trout has put up some solid stats hitting seven home runs along with nine doubles, three triples and 22 runs driven in. The area of concern comes with his stolen bases and batting average in which he is only hitting .273. Last season Trout finished with a .323 average in 157 games a year after he hit .326 in his first full season in the Majors. In 36 games Trout has only swiped four bases after posting 33 last season and 49 in 2012.
The same can be said in Detroit as Miguel Cabrera has put up solid numbers, but nothing like we have seen the past two seasons from the MVP. Cabrera is among the league leaders in the American league in runs batted in but failed to make the top ten in batting average and home runs. The positive for Cabrera owners is his bat is starting to heat up hitting .333 over the last seven days with three home runs and 10 runs driven in.
The same can’t be said for Chris Davis and Prince Fielder as both has struggled with their power and run producing. Fielder, who was traded to the Texas Rangers this off-season is batting just .226 with three home runs and 14 runs batted in. Davis, who was just activated from the disabled list in Baltimore picked up two hits raising his average to .263. The concern for last season’s home run leader has been his two home runs in 23 games this season.
Other key players struggling early on in 2014:
Chris Johnson, Atlanta Braves: One home run along with seven runs batted in and a .279 batting average in 35 games for the Braves.
Allen Craig, St. Louis Cardinals: After hitting .315 last season for the Cardinals, Craig has seen his average drop to .221 in 35 games this season.
Raul Ibanez, Los Angeles Angels: Ibanez, who put together a terrific 2013 season is batting just.140 in 32 games for the Angels this season.
J.J. Hardy, Baltimore Orioles: The league leader in home runs by a shortstop last season has yet to hit one in 2014 for the Orioles.