15 MLB Players Who Will Slump In 2014
The Top 15 MLB Players Who Will Slump in 2014
When looking ahead to the 2014 MLB season, there are a ton of factors that play into predicting how well a player will perform. It’s important to take into account any changes that might be taking place from season to season. A player may be on a new team, playing a new position, coming off a high from the season before, or losing a teammate that provided hitting protection. All these factors contribute to “slumps” that some players may experience in 2014.
There are some things that are more directly related to the player that can come into play as well. For instance, a player might be showing signs of getting older, losing interest in a team, or getting frustrated with management. There are also the unpredictable slides that happen seemingly for no reason. Players can have mood swings, strange personal life changes, or unknown health problems.
Sometimes, a slump is all in perception as well. If a player has an amazing year, anything less than that will be considered a slump. A prime example is the Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols over the last few years. He’s one of the greatest hitters of all time, but in the last couple years, has experienced a “slump.” He was considered a dominant, somewhat unstoppable player, but as soon as he becomes closer to average, he is “slumping,”
It’s hard to predict what will happen with individual players, but for right now, these are the key players in the MLB who I think will slump in the 2014 season.
15. David Freese
The St. Louis Cardinals just traded David Freese to the Angels, and I think there’s a reason for that. Plus, the Angels seems to suck the life out of All-Star hitters.
14. Bartolo Colon
The Oakland Athletics’ Bartolo Colon had a great season in 2013, but he’s getting older, he’s not in the best of shape, and it’s hard to predict how well the Athletics will provide run support. I don’t think he can match what he did in 2013, and I think he’s going to suffer in the win column.
13. Torii Hunter
The Detroit Tigers are making moves, adding more speed to their lineup, and have even been considering grabbing the Boston Red Sox’s Jacoby Ellsbury. Combined with Hunter’s age, I think he will experience some pressure to perform this year, and won’t be able to be as productive as a hitter.
12. Michael Cuddyer
Michael Cuddyer hit .331 for the Colorado Rockies in 2013, which is great, but I’d be surprised if he keeps that up, given his age and the unpredictable nature of the Rockies.
11. Yasiel Puig
Don’t hate me Puig nation, but I just don’t think the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig can live up to the hype after such a crazy 2013 season. Unfortunately, anything less than MVP caliber play is going to be seen as a slump from Puig, and I don’t think he has the maturity to deal with that pressure yet.
10. Max Scherzer
With the Detroit Tigers’ Max Scherzer coming off a Cy Young award, I’d hate to say it, but this one is on the baseball gods. Cy Young pitchers notoriously experience slumps the following year.
9. David Ortiz
The Red Sox’s David Ortiz is getting up there in age, plus, coming off a World Series win is tough.
8. Dustin Pedroia
The same goes for the Red Sox’s Dustin Pedroia. Performing well after winning a World Series is difficult, and his somewhat reckless, high energy style of play might catch up to him as he gets a little older.
7. Clayton Kershaw
The Los Angeles Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw is such a great young pitcher, but going up against the baseball gods after a Cy Young award is tough. He should get run support, but anything less than the best will be considered a slump.
6. Andrew McCutchen
Now the Pittsburgh Pirates’ faithful are going to be expecting a playoff team and an MVP candidate from Andrew McCutchen. That’s a lot of hype and expectations lying on a player’s shoulders.
5. Chris Davis
The Baltimore Orioles’ Chris Davis hit a whopping 53 homers in 2013, but with a whole offseason to learn about him, pitchers are going to figure him out. It’s up to Davis to make the adjustments now.
4. Adam Jones
Adam Jones is a great player for the Orioles, but he was backed up in the lineup by the power hitting Chris Davis. If Davis slumps, so does Jones I think, and vice versa. I’d be surprised if they both keep it up in 2014.
3. Prince Fielder
Prince Fielder had a dismal post season with the Tigers, and I don’t think playing for the Texas Rangers is going to magically fix his problem. Fielder will continue slumping in 2014.
2. Robinson Cano
The aging New York Yankees, trade rumors, and impossible expectations in that city will not be good for Robinson Cano. I predict an uncharacteristically average year in 2014 for Cano, and/or a trade coming soon.
1. Miguel Cabrera
This one makes me hurt, but I have to be honest. The Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera is the best hitter in the league, and has shown nothing but consistency. However, getting a Triple Crown, nearly another Triple Crown, and two MVP’s is so hard to follow up. I don’t like to admit this, but anything mortal out of Cabrera will be considered a slump. I wish him the best, but probability and the power of the baseball gods are not in his favor for 2014.