Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Cano opened the season with at least one hit in four of his first five games, batting .304 through that stretch. But entering Tuesday’s game against the Twins, he had just three hits in the last five games. He had a good day on Sunday against the Angels (2-for-3 with three runs).
Though Cano has just one RBI this season (Saturday, against the Angels), Girardi has been pleased with the second baseman’s approach at the plate. Cano has six walks this year and an on-base percentage of .340.
This article is from yesterday and his OBP is down to .327, but other than that I think I agree that I’m not too worried about Cano. He’s walked in 11.5% of his PA this year and struck out in 5.1% compared to his career rates of 5.2% and 11.4%. He’s hitting more line drives and grounders this year, which would generally translate to more hits and fewer HRs but hasn’t to this point.
Sample size dictates that none of these numbers mean that much. We shouldn’t really read too much into an increase walk rate or a change in batted ball profile or anything else when you’re not even talking about two weeks worth of games. Until we have more data, we can probably just look at the fact that Cano’s got a BABIP of .256 compared to his career average of .320. Even in his subpar 2008 his BABIP was .283. Give him a .320 BABIP with his 2012 BIP and he’d have a line of .304/.385/.435.
So he should be fine.
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