Sunday, September 14, 2008
A lot has been made this season of Robinson Cano's apparent laziness this season, but it wasn't until today that Cano was disciplined. He was taken out of the game in the fifth inning for not going after a ball that was booted by Jason Giambi. Some people have said that Cano has been playing poorly this year because of Larry Bowa's departure to Los Angeles. I don't buy that. Cano has had one of the unluckiest seasons in history. He currently has a Babip of .274 compared to his career line of .321, while his line drive rate is right in line with his career rate, 18.8 compared to 18.9. I think this is the reason for his apparent laziness, as well as his decline in fielding. While he probably doesn't feel that he's been playing poorly, the production has not been there to say the least. This has to be incredibly frustrating for him, and may have taken that frustration with him into the field. Now this is just my completely unfounded theory, so tell me what you think in the comments.