El Duo Dinamico

In today’s NYT, Tyler Kepner reports that Melky and Robi got together after a loss to the White Sox in June, and committed themselves to improve their OBP. Said Cano: “We’re not here to hit home runs. We’re not going to prove that we’re Babe Ruth or anything. Just go out there, get on base for A-Rod and Posada and Matsui, let them hit the home runs. Just swing at pitches we can drive, not like we were at the beginning, when we were swinging at everything and trying to hit the ball out of the park.” I know the naysayers out there are thinking “why did they only decide that in June?” but I’d say that’s not exactly fair. Here they get nothing but credit for refocussing themselves in the midst of a rough patch of a tough season. It’s hard not to love these two: their enthusiasm is infectious, and they’ve been playing terrific ball. Cano’s OBP is up to .351. Melky is at .349. Better still, their commitment to selectivity has actually improved their power numbers. Tough outs with pop at the back end of the lineup: that’s a recipe for success.

11 comments… add one
  • And they’re young!
    Here’s the NYT link:
    http://www.nytimes.com/2007/08/07/sports/baseball/07yankees.html?_r=1&ref=sports&oref=slogin
    Registration, etc, etc.

    Lar August 7, 2007, 10:35 am
  • Melky and Robbie add such life to this team and I am so glad they weren’t traded. I am not crazy I know Melky is not Andruw Jones or Beltran, nor will he ever be. But this kid brings such excitement to each game on the field and in the dugout. As for Robbie, the sky is the limit with that beautiful swing and those patented cross body throws.

    Triskaidekaphobia August 7, 2007, 11:06 am
  • Anyone know their OBP for July offhand?

    KJC August 7, 2007, 12:41 pm
  • Melky had a .410 OBP in July
    Cano bested him with a .420 OBP

    Nick-YF August 7, 2007, 12:46 pm
  • Meh. Cabrera hit .368 in July, and Cano was at .385. Cabrera also struck out more in July then any of the previous months, and Cano was about the same. They didn’t get more selective, it’s not like they’re walking more and striking out less. They just improved their batting averages and their OBP’s rose accordingly. The power spike was something, though…but I’d imagine that most of the Yankee lineup made similar gains.
    That said, Cano did hit six homers…which is noteworthy. I suppose it’s possible they could have somehow changed their style and gotten themselves more hittable pitches, but if that’s the case, then there’s almost no reason for their averages/obp’s to come back to earth. And somehow I don’t think either player hits close to .370 for the rest of the season.
    Excuse me if I consider this a fluff story then a sign of their baseball maturity. It just seems like every time a player from either of our teams goes into some sort of semi-prolonged hot streak, we get stories about some new philosophy or strategy that account for the improvement. And then the players cool off.

    Josh SF (D1) August 7, 2007, 1:50 pm
  • Well, Cano did finish the season well last year. Still, it would be interesting if there were pitches seen/ab numbers breakdown. It feels like Cano hasn’t been chasing as much as he had earlier in the season.
    Of course, no one expects anyone to hit .370 for two months, so it’s a safe bet, but regression to the mean still leaves a question – which mean?

    Lar August 7, 2007, 3:23 pm
  • They’ve had great numbers since the beginning of June. It’s not just a hot streak.

    AndrewYF August 7, 2007, 6:33 pm
  • No, of course not, it can’t be a hot streak. I’m sure Cabrera’s going to be a .341 hitter for the rest of his career. And Cano a .345 hitter (That’s a little more likely then Cabrera…).
    Sorry, but players don’t just sit down one day and say, “Hey. We should be more selective and work on our OBP” and then add 70 points to their average (without actually cutting their strikeouts or improving their walkrates…). Maybe their approach has changed, and maybe that’s helped…but it’s not that easy to just learn how to hit. If it was, Wily Mo Pena might be a useful player…

    Josh SF (D1) August 7, 2007, 6:46 pm
  • “Of course, no one expects anyone to hit .370 for two months, so it’s a safe bet, but regression to the mean still leaves a question – which mean?”
    That I agree with, and I don’t have any sort of an answer. I wish there was a month-by-month breakdown of BABIP and LD% at THT…maybe there’s one at baseballreference, I haven’t looked. That’d definitely give us some idea of what the change has been..

    Josh SF (D1) August 7, 2007, 6:48 pm
  • Lar August 7, 2007, 7:21 pm
  • I know I’m late on this one, but I really don’t care *what* the explanation for this is. Melky and Baseball Jesus are the best. I love these guys.

    Stone August 9, 2007, 4:31 pm

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