Robbie Cano, don’t cha know?


As the Yanks beat the Orioles 4-2 on Wednesday for the 10th consecutive time this season (10-1 to take the season series) one thing was clear: Robinson Cano’s bat is as hot as a bastard.

Since going 0-for-10 last Friday/Saturday against the Blue Jays, Robbie is 9-for-14 with a line of .750/.786/.833/1.619 in the three games since (all three-hit games). Good God. The two aforementioned hitless games are the only two games in the past 22 in which he’s failed to get a hit. In fact, through 59 games this season RBInson has failed to get a hit in just 12.

His numbers stack up against the rest of the league too: his .376 batting average and 88 hits lead the majors, his .615 slugging percentage is third in MLB, his 46 RBI and 1.033 OPS are good for fourth in baseball, and his .418 OBP is fifth best. He also leads the Yanks in every major offensive category.

"It’s just great when you hit it, you know, and then you win and you get some hits. You have fun when you win, especially when you helpa the team to win a game."

Articulate. Once his baseball career is over maybe he can be a speech writer.

He’s also making things happen in the field. Yesterday he had a nice diving stop to hold Markakis to a single in the seventh inning, and he’s been making stellar plays all year long. His .997 fielding percentage and one error in 305 total chances are second best in all of MLB for second basemen. His 47 double plays are the most by a second baseman in the majors and his 5.40 range factor is the best in ball for his position.

For all you stat geeks out there: his .239 ISO, .390 BABIP and 6.3 BB% are all the highest of his career. However, his K% of 12.8% is the highest it’s been since 2007 when he finished with a career-high 85 strikeouts in 160 games (he’s got 30 through 59 games this year).

Though one has to wonder if Melky Cabrera, one of Robbie’s best friends, getting shipped to Atlanta in the offseason had anything to do with this rise of power. If he’s not out partying with Melk Dog every night and working out with A-Rod more often does that equate to better numbers? I don’t know and I don’t care. The only thing I’m concerned about is if Robbie can keep this production going.

With Cano hitting like Ted Williams, could this be the year that he finally gets that elusive batting title?