It is no secret that the MLB season is the longest and most grueling of any team sport out there. The old adage is that failing seven times out of ten usually represents a pretty good career. After the week he has had, Oakland Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson could use about as many baseball quotes as possible to try and bounce back on track from his recent slump. Every player will undoubtedly go through a slump during the long season, but Donaldson is experiencing a slump from many different angles in his recent stretch of games.
In his last seven games, Donaldson is just one for his last 28. While the one hit was his 17th home run of the year, Donaldson has not had very much luck in spite of that. In addition to that, he has struck out ten times, grounded into two double plays and has stranded several runners on base. What may also raise some eyebrows is that Donaldson has also committed four errors during this recent stretch as well. Is the defensive play an unfortunate coincidence, or are the offensive struggles starting to get to Donaldson this past week?
Perhaps Donaldson could also be slightly rattled from his dust up with Manny Machado over the weekend as well. Whatever the reason, the start of June has been none too kind to Donaldson. In the series finale against the Los Angeles Angels, Donaldson was given a much-needed day off. However, entering the game as a pinch-hitter, the hits were still hard to come by as the A’s were able to avoid the sweep.
The last two years have seen Donaldson burst onto the circuit as an All-Star caliber player. He has become a productive hitter in the middle of the A’s lineup, and in likely no time at all, this past week to forget will be a distant memory for him. Donaldson will likely be named as an All-Star this year because of his successes. This recent slump cannot end soon enough for the third baseman, as it just takes one hit to turn things around.
Nick Schaeflein is a Sports writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @ptchr2424 or add him to your network on Google.