Feel free to overreact (a little) with these slow starters
It's generally a bad idea to bench players because of an early-season drought, but you at least might think twice with these perennial slow starters.
Yesterday in this space, I cautioned against overreacting to stats from a few early games. Today, I'll make the case for overreacting to a month's worth of stats.
I am exaggerating a bit here, but at least in some borderline cases, it can be useful to know which players have been habitually slow starters. No one should be sitting Max Scherzer, even though he has never left April behind with an ERA lower than 3.82 ever since he joined the Tigers. With some fringier players, though, a history of early-season struggles could be a tiebreaker if you're facing a lineup or rotation dilemma.
Here are 10 players who have typically not brought their "A" game in the early going, along with their cumulative March/April OPS or ERA from 2010 through 2013. If you have a viable replacement on your bench or waivers, you just might be able to justify sitting them if they are already in an early-season funk.
Raul Ibanez (.592)
J.J. Hardy (.598)
Pedro Alvarez (.602)
Victor Martinez (.624)
Aramis Ramirez (.656)
Marlon Byrd (.686)
Rick Porcello (6.66)
Yovani Gallardo (4.85)
Mark Buehrle (4.84)
R.A. Dickey (4.26)
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