Some fans believe Shane Victorino is starting to overstay his welcome as an everyday right-fielder. So what are Yankees fans saying about Bobby Abreu, their high-priced No. 3 hitter who’s producing even less than his replacement in Philadelphia?
Here’s a sampling of responses to Abreu’s recent swoon from LoHud Yankees Blog: "i cringe every time he comes up to bat. especially when there is a man on first with one out." ... "You can tell why the fans in Philadelphia grew tired of him. He has zero baseball sense." ... "his at bats are terrible ... wasting at bats on bad bunt attempts ... i understand he’s trying to do little things to help, but they aren’t really helping."
Following yesterday’s loss, Abreu is just two for his last 33 with 12 strikeouts and has grounded into double plays in four of those at bats. On the season, he has just three extra base hits, including a homer and two doubles, putting his OPS actually.007 less than light-hitting Victorino. However, in true Abreu fashion, he is still among the league leaders in walks with 16 of them.
Smart money says Abreu will turn it around soon, and a handful of posters on LoHud expect that to happen shortly. "He will be one of the better hitters in baseball the rest of the season, barring injury," says one optimistic poster.
April has typically been Abreu’s worst month. Nevertheless, Yankees fans, and the team’s reactionary front office, must be wondering whether they’re getting the most from their outfield investment, and why shouldn't they? They’re getting walks, but so far this season, nothing more.