After Manny's 2-4 performance, he's finally over .200. Everyone's worried about Manny. Is he over the hill? Has he stopped caring? What's wrong? Is he hiding an injury?
Don't be stupid, people. This is Manny Ramirez, one of the greatest right-handed hitters of all time. He's not even 35 yet. He has a lot of good baseball left in him. I got to wondering if Manny has ever had another month like this April. Here are his worst months of the last 5 years, other than April 2007 (min 60 at-bats):
May 2005: .234 BA, .725 OPS
May 2003: .265/.825
Okay, so that little experiment didn't go as well as I thought it would. Manny hasn't struggled this badly in any given month in the past 5 seasons. He was batting just .205 last April through the 15th, until he turned it on and raised his average to .276 before the month closed. It's clear he struggles at the beginning of the season. It's easy to raise your batting average at the beginning of the season. I'm not worried about Manny. You shouldn't be, either.