Update: Kevin Youkilis doubled during his first at-bat to break his hitless skid. He hit Kyle Drabek's 94 mph fastball on a line to right field.
We're just under a week into the season (not counting that series in Japan that no one was able to watch) and there are still seven qualified players that have yet to get their first hit:
- Clint Barmes, Pittsburgh: Barmes is 0-for-9, has struck out twice and hasn't managed to walk either.
- Jamey Carroll, Minnesota: Carroll is 0-for-13, but has walked three times. He also has an RBI and a strikeout.
- Ike Davis, Mets: Considering the power Davis showed during the spring, this is pretty unexpected. He somehow doesn't have a single, never mind a home run. Davis is 0-for-15 with two walks, six strikeouts and a run scored.
- Alex Gordon, Kansas City: Not the way you want to start after signing a new contract. Gordon is 0-for-14 with one walk and seven strikeouts.
- Nick Hundley, San Diego: Hundley is 0-for-10 with two walks and three strikeouts. He also has an RBI.
- James Loney, Los Angeles Dodgers: Loney is 0-for-12 with a walk, a run and three strikeouts.
- Kevin Youkilis, Boston: Youk is 0-for-12 with five strikeouts and zeroes in every other column.
All stats are as of 7 p.m. on Tuesday. Will any of these players break out of their season-starting slumps tonight?