Through April 23rd of this season, Bobby Abreu was hitting .306/.404/.375 in 72 At Bats.
On April 24th, Abreu faced Scott Kazmir (of Tampa Bay). In his three At Bats against Kazmir, Abreu struck out swinging, grounded out to short, and hit into a 1-6-3 double-play.
Including that game, since April 24th, Bobby Abreu is hitting .184/.254/.240 in 125 At Bats.
Yes, his batting average went from .306 to .184 and his OBA went from .404 to .254 – in terms of a before- and after-facing-Kazmir.
Most believe that Abreu’s problem, during his slump, is that he’s stepping in the bucket and opening up too soon. Is this something that facing Kazmir has caused? The numbers present an interesting case.