Question of the Day, 5/22 …
What’s wrong with Howie Kendrick? Why so many strike outs this year?!?!? — @parant80
Actually (and I was surprised by this, too) his strikeout rate isn’t really much different from last year’s. Kendrick leads the Angels with 39, which is tied for 26th in the Majors, but he actually had 38 through his first 41 games in 2011 — on his way to making his first All-Star team. Simply put, Kendrick strikes out a lot — which is part of the reason he’s not a great fit as the No. 2 hitter in front of Albert Pujols — but has previously found a way to succeed in spite of that. This year, not so much. He’s batting just .203 in his last 18 games and has struggled all year with runners in scoring position. Why, exactly? Tough to say. But I wouldn’t look at strikeouts first.