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Robinson Cano has raised his average 14 points in the last seven days
On a roster that is supposed to be studded with superstars, Robinson Cano has emerged as the face of the future for the Yankees in recent seasons.
The only change in 2013? Cano might be one of the only recognizable faces on the field on a daily basis.
Injuries have been a problem for New York to say the least through the season's first few months. And without the consistent production from Robinson Cano, they likely wouldn't remain in contention in the competitive AL East.
OK, so "consistent" might not be the best word to describe one of the game's streakiest players. But slumping or sizzling, there isn't a hitter currently in New York that fans would rather see at the dish with the game on the line.
On the season, Cano is batting .295 with 20 HR, 57 RBI, a .371 OBP and .905 OPS. To help put that in perspective, consider the following:
Cano's 57 RBI are 21 more than the team's second-leading run producer, Travis Hafner (36). Only one combination of players on the Yankees (Hafner and Vernon Wells) can be paired to surpass Cano's total of 20 HR. And lastly, his .905 OPS is more than 100 points higher than the next qualified contender in Brett Gardner (.782).
Just the past week or so, Cano has showed the league his ability to put a team on his back offensively. He has totaled an impressive 14 hits in his last seven contests and raised his batting average a lofty 14 points in the same span.
Add in the fact that he consistently plays Gold Glove-caliber 2B and you have a no-brainer for the Yankees' first-half MVP.