It looks like that day off may have helped Sheffield tremendously. After going 7/59 in a seemingly never-ending slump, Gary went 2 for 4 and drew another walk yesterday. His average is up to .143 which is still pretty bad, but he has his confidence back. The new goal for Gary is simple - get up to .200 over the next 10 games. Assuming 4 at bats a game (which is a stretch with all of the walks he gets), he will need 12 hits to bring his average above the Mendoza line.
Perhaps Sheffield and Durbin should raise the stakes a bit on who will meet their goal first. Sub 10 ERA or .200 batting average - some lofty goals indeed!