Joe Girardi, sabermetrician

Via the LoHud Yankees Blog:

Cano hit just .207 with runners in scoring position last year, but Girardi wasn’t upset with his approach in those situations. “There was a streak when he had made about 10 or 11 outs in a row with runners in scoring position, and he hit nine bullets,” Girardi said. “Over the long term that usually irons itself out, but when you don’t have 600,000 at-bats, it doesn’t iron out. His at-bats, a lot of times were very good with runners in scoring position. I didn’t think he had a lot of luck last year”

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  1. big fan said...

    Cano has been terrible with runners o his entire career. In 2009 he was the worst clutch hitter in baseball see http://www.mlbexpertanalysis.com/blog/?p=46

    This happens year after year, and the Yankees can either figure it out or cut ties to him one his contract is over. A player with his stats and yet having a negative WPA means he is king of the meaningelss hits.

  2. Joe R said...

    Want to know something ironic?

    Joe Morgan claims to hate statistics (we all know this), calls things like batting average “personal stats”, but LOVES Robinson Cano.

    If there’s ever been a player one can say phones it in when he’s needed, it’s Cano. His career wRAA is 49.8, but an RE24 of -23.73. Of course, his WPA is a -3.20 as a result. Not to mention he’s mediocre defensively.

    In 868 PA w/ RISP, he’s .256/.291(!)/.398 w/ a .267 BABIP. In Bases empty situations, he’s .331/.363/.528 in 1580 PA w/ a .346 BABIP. I’m hard pressed to believe that big of a discrepency over long periods (1.5 seasons of PAs and 3 seasons of PAs) is luck, BABIP aside.

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