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Chipper's slump...in his own words

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A pretty good bit (even though it is a day old) by DoB. Here is what caught my attention: ""I’m a .310 lifetime hitter, and for the last few years I’ve hit .340," said the 37-year-old third baseman, who was exactly right about his .310 career average (he has a .408 career OBP, .546 slugging, 416 homers, 1,406 RBI, etc.) "The numbers have to average out sometimes." Hoss after Saturday's 0-for-4 For the past three seasons (2006-2008), he did hit an absurd .342 with a .435 OBP and .592 slugging percentage in 372 games (average of 124 games per). In the three previous seasons (2003-2005), he hit .283 with a .391 OBP and .516 slugging percentage in 399 games. This season, Chipper has hit .290 with eight homers, 32 RBI, a .407 OBP and .471 slugging percentage in 65 games (he’s missed nine games). When I mentioned to him that his slump would have to go on for quite a while for the "numbers to average out," he said, "Let’s hope it’s not that long. But it’s not going good right now." Still, he’s not ready to call on his private hitting coach, Larry Jones (his dad). Because Chipper said his video study from yesterday’s 0-for-4 and some other recent games showed no obvious flaws in his swing or approach. "Lot of it has to do with the way I’m being pitched," he said, and reiterated that it’s not a result of those hitters who are behind him. "Guys are just flat-out making pitches on me. When they do, they’re going to get outs." 1. Chipper brings up a good point about how his past few season have been so astronomically better than his career average, but I think that one could attribute this to him not trying to be a power hitter all the time. I tend to think that if he hits .340 for 3 seasons, it is not a flukey hot streak. 2. I enjoy the fact that he does not blame those hitting behind him (*Cough-Francoeur-Cough*) 3. Let's hope yesterday was Chipper snapping out of it.

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