Predicting 10 Players Who Will Slump Early in MLB Season

Predicting 10 Players Who Will Slump Early in MLB Season

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One bad game to start the MLB season is not a terrible thing but some slumps can last longer than Opening Day. Last season Josh Hamilton famously had a rough opening month of the season and while he came out of it somewhat, the early slump left a nasty stain on his entire debut season in Los Angeles. Who will be in those shoes this season? Here are 10 players who will slump early during the MLB season. Feel free to leave a comment below.

10 – Joey Votto – Cincinnati Reds

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10 – Joey Votto – Cincinnati Reds

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Don't expect Votto to struggle for long but even his level of consistency isn't infallible. The Reds look pretty good other than the injuries they have suffered but don't be surprised if Votto stumbles out of the gate a little bit. Overall he should still have another solid season.

9 – Mike Napoli – Boston Red Sox

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9 – Mike Napoli – Boston Red Sox

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It is very difficult to repeat a World Series title and I would look for the Red Sox to have some problems defending theirs. That could start with slugging first baseman Mike Napoli. A great deal will be expected of him after being re-signed this past offseason. Over the course of the regular season he should be okay but he might press early during the season which will lead to a slump.

8 – Justin Upton – Atlanta Braves

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8 – Justin Upton – Atlanta Braves

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Last season it was the elder Upton brother who struggled out of the gate but it could be flipped around this season. Justin surely will not struggle all season long the way his brother did in 2013 but expect one of his slumping stretches to start the season before he comes out of it later on.

7 – Yasiel Puig – Los Angeles Dodgers

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7 – Yasiel Puig – Los Angeles Dodgers

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If there ever was a perfect candidate for a sophomore slump it is Puig. He had already slowed down by the time the end of his rookie season arrived and was basically shut down in the postseason. That tends to lead to issues the following season and the way he presses and tries so hard could work against him early on before he adjusts.

6 – Yadier Molina – St. Louis Cardinals

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6 – Yadier Molina – St. Louis Cardinals

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Molina is the best overall catcher in MLB and he will be that once again this season. Early on expect a little bit of a slow start from Yadi as the Cardinals might struggle offensively out of the gate.

5 – Michael Cuddyer – Colorado Rockies

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5 – Michael Cuddyer – Colorado Rockies

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Though I don't think it will lose him the chance at repeating the batting title from one year ago, I think Cuddyer could have some struggles getting accustomed to his new spot in the batting order. Overall he probably will be fine but the huge batting average of last season might be tough to repeat.

4 – Carlos Beltran – New York Yankees

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4 – Carlos Beltran – New York Yankees

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Beltran is as good as they get when it comes to the postseason but generally he is less flashy during the regular season. It wouldn't be all that strange to see him slow out of the gate starting with their opening game. If this team makes the playoffs all slumps will be forgiven however.

3 – Chris Davis – Baltimore Orioles

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3 – Chris Davis – Baltimore Orioles

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Starting the season does not get much more successful than what Davis did in 2013. Because of that being nearly impossible for anyone to match, his start to 2014 is bound to be a bit of a letdown. Don't expect an MVP caliber season once again from Davis though he probably will get close to that level by season's end.

2 – Mike Trout – Los Angeles Angels

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2 – Mike Trout – Los Angeles Angels

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Trout is one of the best young players in MLB history and he will be that once again in 2014. Early during the season it wouldn't be too shocking to see a tiny bit of a slow start however. He has a big new extension and should be relaxed when the year starts. It won't ruin his season but look for a little slumpy start.

1 – Robinson Cano – Seattle Mariners

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1 – Robinson Cano – Seattle Mariners

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Cano is the best candidate to succumb to the Hamilton-syndrome from 2013 this year. He not only received a huge new contract but is also saddled with the hope of being the turnaround point for a franchise. Even for the best offensive second baseman in the game of late, that is a ton of pressure.

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