“Paul from Boston” recently asked:
With Rodriguez at third, and Cano at 2nd, the infield seems much better than in previous years. Any data to support this?
So, I decided to look at the data:
But, sometimes you need to look past the numbers.
The numbers for A-Rod are based on the whole season – and, earlier this year, he was not doing a good job at third base. However, in the past month or so, Alex has turned his game at the hot corner around – a full 180, in fact.
Therefore, if you factor this in, I would offer that the Yankees present infield defense is just as good as it was last year – but, not better.
The key to me is Cano. Until Robinson cuts down on the “easy” errors (meaning throws) then Cairo (from last year) has the edge on him.
This is not bad news. Think of it this way: If Cano can improve next year, and if Giambi becomes more of a DH in 2006, and the Yankees get someone at 1B who can field well, then next year the infield, defensively, looks to be a solid unit.