Carlos Lee Doesn't Know Why Carlos Lee Can't Hit For Power

Astros.com, makers of articles like "Astros transitioning to promising future," brings us "Lee shakes off slow start, seeks power stroke." Sigh. Well, lets see what Carlos Lee (hitting .265/.314/.394 -- slow start over!) has to say about his paltry five homers in almost a half-season:

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"It's been two years in a row. I don't know if I'm thinking about it or pressing myself to start good or trying to do too much. Right now, I feel where I need to be. I'm seeing the ball good. I've been hitting a lot of balls hard. I'm hitting line drives. I can't explain why I can't get the ball in the air."

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The thing is Carlos, you can totally get the ball in the air. Fly balls make up 43.7% of your balls in play, according to Fangraphs. That's right in line with the rest of your career. But the percentage of them that stay in the infield has nearly doubled: you hadn't hit more than 12% of your batted balls for pop-ups since 2005. Now you're at a whopping 19.8%. That ranks you third in baseball, behind only Mark Trumbo and Corey Patterson.

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You know what else it means? You've lost your bat speed. So, you know, that's probably the reason. Hope you're enjoying your $18.5 million this year! 

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