(Syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod. Stats have not been updated to reflect last night’s game)
He’s managed to fly under the radar for over a month because other players like Vernon Wells and Robinson Cano have been slumping big time too, but Travis Hafner is in a similar production freefall himself. After last night’s 0-fer, he’s down to .231/.346/.463 on the season, which is still good for a .350 wOBA that ranks second on the team but a far cry from the high .300s-low .400s value he was holding through his hot start in April. Hafner missed a handful of games in the middle of April due to a shoulder injury and since he’s come back we haven’t heard much about any physical problems, yet his production continues to plummet. What’s going on with Pronk that he’s become just as much of a black hole in the middle of the lineup as everybody else? Glad you asked.
His elevated K rates in May (31.2%) and June (29.0%) suggest that Hafner might be getting a little swing happy like Cano and extending his strike zone. … Click here to read the rest