Carlos Lee And His Mysterious Swings

JerseySenior Analyst IJune 1, 2009

DENVER - MAY 14:  Carlos Lee #45 of the Houston Astros takes an at bat against the Colorado Rockies during MLB action at Coors Field on May 14, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. The Astros defeated the Rockies -3.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

This from ESPN (via Rotowire):

"(Carlos) Lee, who has not driven in a run since May 16, has been watching videos of at-bats from previous seasons in an effort to get his run-producing swing back, the Houston Chronicle reports. "It's a long season and you go through tough times like this," Lee said. "But I just need to get back in rhythm."

His "run-producing" swing? Lee, is this really any different than your regular swing? Here's a fun little tidbit: Carlos Lee hit .359 in May. That's ridonkulous. Know why he can't get any RBI? Because Houston flat-out sucks. They don't put any runners on base for him.

See, it's a simple equation: Baserunners + hits = RBI. That's why middle-of-the-lineup guys get more RBI than the rest. This might be the easiest thing to figure out in all of baseball. Lee isn't going through a "tough time" at all, and is most certainly "in rhythm." It's his teammates that are floundering.

Lee has been studying videos to figure out his problem. Hopefully, what he'll glean is that his team needs better players in front of him, and not that he needs to change his absolutely perfect swing.

As long as he keeps hitting well, I don't care if he can't figure out the basic RBI formula.