• You Asked For It

    Posted by on December 21st, 2006 · Comments (2)

    More from the Mailbag

    From George: I had this feeling that whenever Cano and Melky played in the same game that both hit better. Are there splits that shows their averages when they were both playing vs. only one or the other?

    WasWatching.com: That’s an interesting question. I went to the game logs for each this season, and, according to my quick count, when Cano and Melky both played in a game together, this is how they did:

    Cano went 130 for 266 = .355
    Melky went 81 for 317 = .256

    So, Melky hit better when Cano was not playing. And, Cano was about the same, either way. Then again, we’re dealing with small samples here. I don’t think these results prove or disprove anything.

    If anyone else has questions, be sure to send them in!

    Comments on You Asked For It

    1. DonnieDosTresBaseball
      December 21st, 2006 | 3:41 pm

      George, a player playing/not playing has no effect on how another player performs. Players sometimes perform better based on their spot in the order and their protection, but do not peform better/worse because someone else is in/out of the lineup.

    2. Paul
      December 21st, 2006 | 8:27 pm

      That rule only applies to players who are not ARod.

      Even though he is smarter and better looking than all other players, he only plays well if Jeter smiles at him, hugs him, and playfully caresses him before each at bat.

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