Originally posted on RedSoxLife  |  Last updated 8/14/13
The Guru Contributing Writer Mike Napoli has entered a slump of epic proportions. Perhaps epic is too strong a word for a game played in the sunshine. Let's just call it a slump of Rob Deer-like proportions. The Red Sox have some decisions to make. Since the All-Star break, Napoli has hit .204 with exactly 15 hits and 35 strike outs. He added three more to his total in last nights 4-2, 11-inning win in Toronto. Napoli currently leads the league with 158 K's this year. The Sox record for strike outs in a season was set by Mark Bellhorn in 2004 with 177. The MLB record is 223 by Mark Reynolds in 2009. Napoli is on pace for 215. Note to Mike Napoli: this is not the kind of company you want to be associated with. The Red Sox have tried everything to get him out of the funk. The Sox have given Napoli days off, dropped him in the order, sent him for MRI's on his hips and called in hitting coach Greg Colbrunn for extra time in the batting cage. Apart from angrily threatening the...
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