How much does Kubel's increasing play in the field contribute to his declining value at the plate?
I'm not good at manipulating the stats but it sure seems like he's been in the field a lot more recently than he was the first couple weeks of the season.
Okay, I found something on BRef that makes it look like he has played 29 games out of 32 in the OF (26 in LF and 3 in RF) -- so he has actually been on the field a lot more than I thought.
I still wonder if part of his problem is that his legs need a break.
Edit 2: And it looks like he will get a break today at least. Nunez in left and Mauer at DH.
Kubel had a pretty high K-rate from the get-go this season (although it's gotten a little ridiculous lately). And as someone else mentioned, it was pretty high in spring training too.
Actually, checking his career spring training stats (cool to see them at MLB.com!), his 2014 spring training was very similarly bad as his 2013. And both were notably worse than all of his previous career spring trainings, particularly in the AVG and K categories. As his BABIP comes down (from .423 to his career mark of .306), I am afraid we might see a repeat of last season...
Link to spring training stats:
Edited by spycake, 10 May 2014 - 03:05 PM.