Treading Water

The other day our pal Alex Belth discussed the future of our young 2b in a spot on SNY. “I’ve always had mixed feelings about Robinson Cano,” he says. Me too. Alex notes that Cano is hard to read–he looks languid when he’s going well and when he’s going badly, but seems to be a bit lost without his old mentor Larry Bowa kicking him in the pants. The bigger problem, of course, is that he simply does not get on base. Steven Hawking walks more often. That leaves us with the vicissitudes of his batting average and power. He will be hot and cold. And when he’s cold, it’s bad, and that is a big problem for the team around him. Maybe it’s better to have the average performer 100 percent of the time than an all-or-nothing batter like Cano. That, to me, was a lesson of the 1998 Yanks. The fear, instead, is that you end up with mediocrity that drags you down, and it’s a mediocrity we’ve signed for the next three years.

By the way: Yanks dropped another on the Coast last night. Another bad performance from Andy Pettitte. Does he come back next year?

9 comments… add one
  • Not @ $16 million a year for sure. Pettitte is one of the old guard, but we need to move on from all these guys. I appreciate all he did but he clearly is not the same pitcher…
    I’m starting to fear that C.C. doesn’t want to play in the Bronx.

    krueg September 11, 2008, 10:53 am
  • Cano I wouldn’t give up a yet…the kid is a hell of a second baseman. Maybe Girardi needs to get on him a little more?

    krueg September 11, 2008, 10:54 am
  • Im a no go on Pettitte and a go on Moose.
    I think CC will end up find a few million reasons to come to New York even if its not his first choice. I also see the yanks picking up another free agent SP…
    I also think that while our problems may feel like a lack of starting pitching, the real issues are on the other side of the ball. Its very hard to predict what a number of our players are going to produce next year due to their ages. We are gonna need to get some bats from the free agent market and hope for a rebound from some of our others…

    Sam-YF September 11, 2008, 11:09 am
  • I think you will see CC in New York . . . on the Mets. Why would he go back to the American League when he can make huge money against weaker lineups?

    ponch - sf September 11, 2008, 1:53 pm
  • Great point Ponch…maybe the Dodgers?

    krueg September 11, 2008, 2:28 pm
  • I’m sure the yanks will do all they can to purchase CC. I’m sure they learned the hard way what not getting Santana would do for them. They aren’t giving anybody up either for him.
    New pitcher, new stadium. Makes sense to me.

    tells (yf) September 11, 2008, 3:32 pm
  • Is it naive of me to think he will turn down the big money to be happy/comfortable somewhere else? Everything I’ve read seems to point in the direction of him wanting to be out west…

    krueg September 11, 2008, 4:26 pm
  • Kreug, Yes you are being naive!
    He will follow the money, they always do. Unless he is getting multiple offers in a very similar ballpark, he’ll go to the highest bidder….

    Sam-YF September 11, 2008, 5:03 pm
  • I hope you are right Sam…we need that cat.

    krueg September 11, 2008, 5:39 pm

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