Carlos Santana’s 2011 season drew a line in the sand among most Indians fans I know. There was the group that wondered why his batting average was so low (.239) and consequently seemed somewhat bearish on his potential, maturity-level, talent, etc.
The other group drooled over his on-base percentage (.351) and power potential (.457 slugging percentage). They wrote off his low batting average to poor luck on balls in play, and figured that he was bound to break out in a major way in 2012. He had a great batting eye and prodigious power. The rest typically takes care of itself.
You’ll remember that I was in the second group. And now I’m worried that maybe I was wrong, because Carlos Santana’s 2012 is not going well.
The reason I know that 2012 is not going well is that my brother has not yet forgiven me for the advice I gave him during his fantasy baseball draft. Something along the lines of, “You’ll regret not having him on your team. Best hitting catcher in baseball this season.” There may or may not have been a “Book it” involved. [Read more...]