This is my first comment on TC but read it often and enjoy pacgnosis and gondee's insights so thought I'd throw this out for general discussion and hope for a follow up research stats article to disprove this next sentence.
Chipper got old quick and may be done.
It pains me to say it since I have the utmost respect for how he has played and carried himself as a ballplayer. A switch hitter with Hall of Fame numbers are rare and I've enjoy rooting for him. For the sake of brevity let's keep the injury history out of the equation and see if there is gas in the tank.
The genesis of his current mediocre play was ironically during the chase for the batting title. Let that settle in. He quit hitting for power and became a singles hitter. I'm no coach but he appears to approach each swing with a two strike mindset. Instead of driving the ball hard somewhere, often over the fence at Shea, he now picks his spots to swing hard. Is it he obliques or muscle memory?
He's swung a heavy bat since Hank told him too early on and this year switched to a lighter bat. I'm no Jack Lewellen, but his slump, age and dropping bat weight suggest he knows he's slower to the ball... what does he think now that using a lighter bat didn't pay off. Where does he go now?
I'll hang up and listen.....