Point-Counterpoint: Bob Romantic says Conor Jackson is way too good a hitter to be sitting here with a .191 batting average on May 8. Scott Bordow says center fielder Chris Young will rebound sometime this season and put up decent numbers.
Jackson will break out of hitting funk
Conor Jackson is way too good a hitter to be sitting here with a .191 batting average on May 8.
Whatever funk that plagues the D-Backs' lineup seems to have infected "Co-Jack" as well, but it can't last. Just look at the guy's track record.
In his three full seasons with the D-Backs, he has hit between .284 and .300, belted 12-15 homers and knocked in between 60 and 79 runs every season. And those are conservative numbers given his potential. In three minor league seasons, he hit .319, .324 and .354. And this year, he was entering his age-27 season - when many players hit their prime.
Given's Jackson's ability to make contact - he's the anti-Mark Reynolds/Chris Young - his 2009 numbers will return to normal soon enough.
Young will rebound, put up good numbers
Diamondbacks center fielder Chris Young may need a trip down to the minors to fix his hitting stroke, but I'm guessing he rebounds sometime this season and puts up decent numbers.
There's no question Young has the talent. There's also no question he has a lot of work to do. He still doesn't recognize pitches like he should, which leads to laying off too many fastballs and chasing off-speed pitches outside the strike zone.
But Young is also a slow starter. He hit .228 the first half of last season, then .278 after the All-Star break, so his horrid month of April isn't a complete surprise.
I'll agree with my boss that Conor Jackson has the track record to suggest he'll bounce back in a big way. But I think Young will figure it out, too.