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?