|Kubel's bat is hot to start the year (Photo: Getty Images)|
At this early point in the season, there has been a lot of pressure on Kubel with many of the big bats for the Twins being absent for portions of the schedule. Kubel is either leading the team or tied for the lead in batting average, OPS, and homeruns.
With injuries plaguing the Twins, Kubel has found his name in the middle of the batting order on a daily basis. This also means that Kubel has spent a lot of time roaming the outfield for the hometown nine. Kubel confesses that he feels more comfortable at the plate when he gets to play in the field. From a psychological standpoint, this makes sense. Being involved in every play of the game is going to keep a player more focused on the task at hand.
Let's see if Kubel is right about his performance at the plate. Is he a better hitter when he plays in the outfield for the Twins?
Jason Kubel the Outfielder
Jason Kubel the Designated Hitter
Kubel has essentially played about one-third less in the DH-spot compared to the outfield role. If you take his average numbers over the course of a third of the season and add them to his DH numbers, his totals would be eerily similar. Here are the adjusted numbers for Kubel if he played the same amount of games at DH as he has played in the outfield.
Adjusted Numbers at DH
As a professional athlete, Jason Kubel wants every chance that he can get to be competing on the field. He wants to be in the outfield and Kubel's current production levels are going to be impossible to keep out of the line-up. However the numbers don't lie; Kubel is basically the same hitter whether he plays outfield or if he is in the designated hitter role.
If Kubel continues at this current pace, fans of the Twins aren't going to care which position that he is penciled in at for the team. They just want more Kubel!