Cano Has Last Laugh
In Robinson Cano‘s first visit to the Bronx since signing a $240 million contract with the Mariners, rain postponed one game and the Mariners won the other two handily. The Yankees’ fans booed Cano. Cano responded by going 2-for-9 with 3 RBI and a run scored in the two games. A combination of shaky starting pitchers from the nominal 1-2 Yankees’ starters, C.C. Sabathia and Hiroki Kuroda, and complete offensive ineptitude up and down the lineup led to fourth place Seattle sweeping New York in this abbreviated series without the need for Felix Hernandez, whose start was skipped due to rain.
Is this the end of the line for Hiroki Kuroda?
Kuroda is 39-years-old. His best days are certainly behind him, but on the strength of his start to 2013, the Yankees bet that he had one more good year left. One month into the season, that bet looks like a loser. He has been unable to locate his fastball effectively and the result has been him getting rocked. He has an ERA over five and only one quality start on the season. Kuroda’s steep decline since last August would be trouble enough, but the situation has been compounded by the injuries to Ivan Nova and Michael Pineda plus the simultaneous decline of C.C. Sabathia. The fact is, the Yankees need Kuroda to pitch well to weather the injuries and make a run to the postseason. But when you are relying on a 39-year-old arm with a career record under .500, you are in lot of trouble.
Time to Boo McCann Not Tex
Remember when the Yankees signed Brian McCann, everyone thought the offensive disaster behind the plate was over? Remember all the pundits and predictors thought McCann’s left-handed swing was ideal for the short porch in right? Remember the forecasts of 30+ home runs? Yeah, about that…. Of course, this could simply be a bad month and McCann could rebound the rest of way and ultimately prove to be the lefty power force he was thought to be, but it’s been a month, not a week or two. A month is a reasonable sample size and thus far, McCann has simply not been hitting. His average is in the .220s with three home runs and 9 RBI. Embattled first baseman, Mark Teixeira, is hitting in the .230s with three home runs and six RBI. McCann has a .620 OPS to Teixeira’s .862. Yet Teixeira is grilled by the writers and fans, while McCann has gotten a pass. I don’t know why that is but it needs to stop. I’m sorry, I don’t care how good you are at framing pitching, you need to hit.