Now that the MLB season has moved into June, some red flags need to be raised on a few players who have been struggling for a while. It's still early in the season, but not at the point where "it's still early" can be used to dismiss these slumps.
Playing for a contender only increases the pressure to get back on track. As these batters continue to scuffle, the ripple effect will affect the rest of the team. Top hitters will be pitched around to get to the guy who's not hitting. General managers might have to find replacements in hopes of keeping their playoff hopes alive.
In addition to players who need to bust out of long slumps, a longtime top prospect is getting another crack at the big leagues and probably needs to show something to keep his future with his organization alive.
So let's get down to specifics. Here are five National League players who really need a good week.