There are certain players you think you’re going to be able to count on, for every team. They’re the givens, the ones you don’t worry about while you’re worrying about all sorts of other things. But the thing about the givens is, well, nothing is a given. Sometimes your givens aren’t a given.
So we look at the one guy on every team that we all thought would be a constant for their teams but needs to get it going. Everybody has a bad month every once in a while, even when it’s the first month of the year. The trick is making sure that’s all it is: one bad month.
All statistics are through Sunday.
AMERICAN LEAGUE EAST
Blue Jays: Cavan Biggio, 3B/OF
Key stats: .206 BA, 3 HR, .646 OPS
While Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is the son of a Hall of Famer on the Blue Jays who has discovered his true self this year, Biggio, barely above the Mendoza line, is still looking for his swing.
Orioles: Ryan Mountcastle, OF/1B
Key stats: .223 BA, 2 HR, .250 OBP
The guy finished in the top 10 in the AL Rookie of the Year voting last year and was seen as part of the first wave of Orioles prospects coming through the system. But 2021 has been a mess, with his on-base percentage down more than 130 points.
Rays: Brandon Lowe, 2B
Key stats: .195 BA, 41 K’s, .672 OPS
There were swaths of 2020 when Lowe was the best hitter on the best team in the AL. But he’s under .200 for a team that needs his bat as much as it ever has.
Red Sox: Hunter Renfroe, RF
Key stats: .221 BA, 4 HR, 6 BB
The Red Sox thought they were taking a potential big bat from their division rival Tampa Bay, but his struggles at times in 2020 have carried over into ’21.
Yankees: Gleyber Torres, SS
Key stats: .242 BA, 1 HR, .644 OPS
He had a few big hits over the weekend, but he has a long way to go to get back to the star status the Yankees once thought he was on the cusp of.
AMERICAN LEAGUE CENTRAL
Indians: Eddie Rosario, LF
Key stats: .234 BA, 3 HR, .662 OPS
After jumping from the division-rival Twins, Rosario has struggled as much as seemingly every other Cleveland outfielder has been struggling for years now.
Royals: Jorge Soler, DH/RF
Key stats: .191 BA, 2 HR, .612 OPS
The Royals’ offense has been better than expected, but Soler hasn’t been a part of it: The guy with the franchise’s single-season homers record has only two this year.