Oakland Athletics

Oakland A's: Travis Buck in Early-Season Slump

Nathaniel StoltzSenior Analyst IApril 6, 2008

Travis Buck has started the season 0-for-17 with seven strikeouts, but there is no need to worry.

Buck had a great rookie year straight out of Double-A last season, showing a wide range of skills. It was no fluke.

This year, he has struggled because he looks anxious at the plate, throwing his body out over the plate trying to hit every pitch, rather than waiting on the ball. Once he gets a hit, he should be relieved and revert back to better hitting mechanics. 

Buck had a sac fly and no strikeouts today against the Indians, also a good sign.

Remember, it takes hitters time to find their swings early on. It's cold in Oakland and not easy to hit there. Furthermore, Buck has had the added stress of the Japan trip disrupt his spring.

Let Carlos Gonzalez stay in Triple-A for now and don't sign Barry Bonds.

Don't worry, A's fans, your right fielder will be back to normal soon enough.

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