Robinson Cano has flourished this season batting fifth, behind Alex Rodriguez, in the lineup. Last year Cano struggled mightily when the Yankees first moved him to the number five hole. He was known to choke under pressure when there were runners in scoring position. This year is a completely different story.
Cano is not only the best hitter on the Yankees this year, most can argue that he is the best in all of baseball. It is a little early to talk about MVP, but how can you not with the way Cano has been hitting and fielding, he is doing everything!
In the field Cano makes every play look easy. It’s almost as if he is floating on air, the way he glides over to the ball. It seems like anything that is hit 10 feet to the left or right of him is turned into an out.
Cano’s stats are out of this world so far, he is leading the Yankees in eight categories on offense: runs-41, hits-82, doubles-18, home runs-12, RBI’s-45, on base percentage-.402, slugging-.611, and average-.363.
The only other person that I see giving Cano a run for his money in the MVP voting is Justin Morneau. Morneau also leads his team in almost all of the hitting stats and has actually drawn almost double the amount of walks as Cano, which also gives him a higher on base percentage.
Morneau has been injured many times in the past, at least one time a season, which may hurt his chances of winning the MVP over Cano. I actually think these guys are both so good that it will come down to who plays more. If either one of them is injured for a few weeks or more, they aren’t as valuable to their team.
There is still a long way to go in the season. These two players could cool down and open the door for some other outside candidates like Miguel Cabrera or Jose Bautista. Only time will tell. (mlb.com)
By Eric Heyer of Sports Fan Blog Network