I think this will surprise no one who watched Kubel closely last year:
There's nothing at all to like about his post-All-Star Break performance. He was slow, grounded into a bunch of DPs, didn't hit for average, didn't hit for power, and didn't walk very much. I'm sure he'd like to just forget the whole ordeal.
Of course, Kubel's knee clearly plays a role here. He didn't lose all of his speed for no reason--his knee problems were sapping him of his speed, and likely hampering his abilities at the plate.
So, is the turf going to get to Kubel again eventually? Will he be able to make adjustments when he's pitched in different ways? Was he just an over-hyped prospect who won't turn out? Or is he a stud hitter who just needs his body to remain healthy for two seconds?
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