I don't think anyone should get off his back. It's not "just a hitting slump." Listen to his interviews - he's completely full of ****. He makes excuses for his terrible lack of plate patience. He needs to learn how to take pitches, see the ball, and be a more intelligent hitter.
I did say he needs to learn when to shut the hell up! He's a kid being expected to carry this team. Even if the FO and his team mates don't expect it the fans and media sure as hell came into the season with that attitude. Put that on anyone then surround him with the farce that we've fielded so far and you expect him to not get frustrated and say something stupid? I'm surprised it took as long as it did.