Playing 'Patience or Panic' with MLB's Early-Season Slumps

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Playing 'Patience or Panic' with MLB's Early-Season Slumps
David Goldman

The start of every MLB campaign brings a good deal of excitement around the league, as all 30 teams still have hope for the season ahead.

It also brings an overwhelming amount of overreaction, whether it is getting too excited about a player or team getting off to a hot start or pushing the panic button on a struggling team or a slumping hitter.

It's important to remember that it's a long, 162-game season, and there is an awful lot of baseball to be played between now and October.

With that being said, what follows is a look at 10 key hitters who have struggled to kick off the new season and my take on whether fans should show patience or panic looking ahead to the remainder of the season.

 

Note: All stats courtesy of Baseball-Reference unless otherwise noted.

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