You hear and read the same advice every year, “Don’t panic and have patience.” It’s the same story: your team is struggling in a certain area, a few players have started slow and you need to know what to do. Should you hold tight, make a trade, drop someone, etc.? That’s where the age-old advice of not reacting too quickly comes in to play. I’m here to tell you that is antiquated thinking… you need to do something now!
The general thought is that you have time to make up for your deficiencies over the rest of the season. While you don’t want to overreact as the stars normally come through, waiting on others is not going to help. I don’t need to tell you Mark Teixeira normally struggles in April, or that Justin Verlander is the Mark Teixeira of pitchers. The problem with them is they’re already established stars, and those types of splits are far from the norm. The odds are more likely that you’re sitting on the next Sean Rodriguez rather than another Teixeira.
After pouring over