This article is part of our Regan's Rumblings series.
I'll do one of these on 10 pitchers at some point, but with most struggling starters having made just two starts, I need to see a bit more data before being overly concerned. Yes, Chris Sale's velocity decline scares me a little, but the Red Sox don't seem to think he's hurt, so I expect him to work out of his early mini-slump. Zack Wheeler was a darkhorse Cy Young pick by many, so I'm not completely bailing on him two starts in. We do have a bit more data on hitters (usually 30-plus plate appearances by now), though similar sample size caveats apply. Let's look into the performance of 10 hitters off to slow starts and see if there are any conclusions to be drawn.
Brandon Nimmo, OF, NYM
Injuries to the likes of Yoenis Cespedes got Nimmo the opportunity last year, and he took advantage, batting .263/.404/.483 with 17 home runs and nine steals in 535 PA. This year, however, Nimmo has started off hitting just .103/.257/.138 with a 47.2 k percentage in 36 PA. Sunday, Nimmo sat on the bench while Juan Lagares played CF and Jeff McNeil LF. McNeil is hitting .409 and J.D. Davis has a .957 OPS, and this isn't even considering the likely April returns of Jed Lowrie (knee) and Todd Frazier (oblique). Bottom line: Nimmo needs to start hitting to avoid the bench/Triple-A. Will he? Probably. Nimmo did have a solid spring (.291/.344/.527), and he had a .917 OPS over