Carlos Gonzalez and the 10 Streakiest Hitters in MLB
Carlos Gonzalez enjoyed one of the best seasons in recent years in 2010 but so far has gotten off to an inconsistent start in 2011.
He is currently one of the streakier hitters in baseball. He will put together a few good games, then go through a pretty bad slump and get then back to hitting with regularity.
He is not alone, though, as the game is filled with players that go through similar stretches throughout their entire careers. It's not that you can't be a great player if you're streaky; you just have to be really good when you're going.
On this list you will have the usual guys that go through huge slumps where they can't hit anything and then find themselves getting every ball to drop. You will also find guys that get streaky with their power while they maintain some consistency with their average.
Jeff Francoeur, Kansas City Royals
At one point in his career, Francoeur was the toast of the city of Atlanta. He was expected to be the leader of the team for the next 15 years and man right field as well as anyone in the game.
That didn't happen, and now several years later "Frenchy" is still trying to put it all together. Part of his problem has been some terrible slumps that he has had in the past.
When Francoeur is on, he displays good power and can hit the ball hard all over the field. When he's chasing sliders and rolling over pitches on the outside, you see his average drop.
While he has been very good so far this year, he is currently in a 16-for-68 (.235) slump after hitting .316 in April. His current average sits at .282.
Stephen Drew, Arizona Diamondbacks
In the last three years, Drew's streaks have been long—really long. He usually actually stays pretty consistent for months at a time.
For the last three years, his average pre-All-Star break is .267 and is .288 afterwards. He cuts down a ton on strikeouts seemingly every year after the All-Star break, and all of his numbers have an upturn.
Drew, while consistent with his averages, does go through periods where he will go 2-for-22 and then follow it with a streak where he goes 12-for-32 with a few homers.
While Drew doesn't usually go through really bad or really good stretches, there's enough of a difference at times for him to be considered a streaky hitter.
Juan Uribe, Los Angeles Dodgers
This article does a pretty good job of showing how streaky Uribe has been. He's been consistently up and down like this throughout his career.
Uribe has been a solid contributor every year, but perhaps his violent swing has kept him from being a better player. He also lacks a good eye, so that probably has something to do with it.
Before being placed on the DL yesterday, Uribe was six for his last 16 (.375).
Troy Tulowitzki, Colorado Rockies
Tulowitzki's streakiness is more about him going through power surges and then power outages. This was really apparent last September, when he mashed 15 home runs.
Then this April, Tulowitzki went on a tear where he hit seven homers in a 10-game stretch. He followed that by not hitting another one for 17 games and only four in his last 33 games.
Tulowitzki is prone to regular slumps, though, just like everyone else. After hitting .364 in his first 15 games, he managed just eight hits over his next 10 games (8-for-39 total, .205). He is just hitting .200 (15-for-75, four homers) in May.
Alfonso Soriano, Chicago Cubs
Soriano is a player that is past his prime playing days but has had a bit of a resurgence this year. After starting off the year on a 2-for-12 slump, Soriano went on a 8-for-24 roll where he hit two homers and knocked in three RBI.
He followed that up with another 2-for-12 slump before an 8-for-19 run with another couple of homers. The height of his year so far is a late April-early May run where he went 8-for-20 with five homers.
Soriano has gone on similar hot streaks and slumps throughout the season.
Brandon Inge, Detroit Tigers
2011 has been a nightmare for Inge so far, but he has been a very solid player during his career. He's also been a streaky one.
From 2008 to 2010, he put up horrific averages in May (.208), July (.244), August (.201) and October (.202). He was good in June (.278) and April (.277).
In the particularly bad months of May, August and October, Inge sees an uptick in his strikeouts. His batting average is tied into his ability to put the ball in play, and in those months he really struggles to do so.
Chris Coghlan, Florida Marlins
As a guy that had Coghlan on my fantasy team until recently, I can attest to how hot and cold this guy can be.
He started off the year on a 2-for-17 note before finally starting to heat up. Over the next 39 at-bats he racked up 14 hits (good for a .359 mark) with seven of those hits going for extra bases (six doubles, one homer).
He would stay pretty steady until the turn of the month but has only 15 hits in 78 at-bats in May (.192). This includes one hot streak where he picked up six hits in 11 at-bats, but other than that (9-for-67, .134) he's been ice cold.
Coghlan will undoubtedly get heated up again very soon and start putting up the numbers more expected of him.
Mike Stanton, Florida Marlins
Stanton has top-notch raw power, yet he is a little streaky with his homer numbers.
Stanton didn't hit his first homer this year until April 21, 37 at-bats into the season. In fact, he would only hit two homers in April in 68 at-bats. So far in May Stanton has hit eight homers in just 73 at-bats. This included one stretch where he hit five bombs in 25 at-bats.
Stanton has also seen a big uptick in his average. After hitting just .235 in April, he is currently hitting .288 in May. His season average currently sits at .257.
Alex Rodriguez, New York Yankees
Rodriguez's season thus far has been a tale of two months. In April, A-Rod posted a slash line of .284/.390/.597 with five homers and 18 RBI.
In May, he has seen his slash line cut down to .247/.291/.420, though he has hit four homers.
His May has been saved by a recent surge where he has 10 hits in 31 at-bats (.323) with three homers in the last week. Without that, you can really see how tough it's been for him.
The major slump started off on April 26. From then until May 17th, A-Rod went 13-for-76 (.171). That's a pretty lengthy slump, but he seems to be heating up again.
Carlos Gonzalez, Colorado Rockies
Gonzalez's season started off well enough, as he picked up 10 hits in his first 30 at-bats, but things went south pretty quickly.
Over his next 24 at-bats, Gonzalez picked up only three hits (.125). He then had a good two-game stretch where he went 5-for-8.
He then went on a 0-for-26 streak that took his average from .290 all the way down to .214.
He then raised it back up to .257 after getting eight hits in 17 at-bats (.470). He quickly went south again with a 4-for-29 (.137) slump.
Over his last 29 at-bats, Gonzalez has picked up nine hits (.310) and is hoping to keep up his current pace for a while to get back in the groove of things.