Commentary

Shandler: Beware complacency

Updated: August 7, 2007, 1:55 PM ET
By Ron Shandler | Baseball HQ
There is a small group of players who are outwardly consistent from year-to-year. When you grab them at the draft, nobody blinks. When everyone is agonizing over the outliers on May 1, these guys are perfectly steady. And here it is in early August and these stalwarts just keep putting up the stats.

It lulls you into a state of complacency. But be careful. Hidden behind all this peaceful consistency are signs that the last two months might get a just a little bit rocky.

Luis Castillo has batted .300 before so he's not someone you'd typically worry about. However, his slugging average - as meager as it is - is off by over 30 points which means he is not hitting the ball with as much authority. That could filter into his batting average and push it below .300.


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