How Robinson Cano Is Making a Push For The MVP

Sam Richman Contributor IJune 28, 2010

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 26:  Robinson Cano #24 of the New York Yankees walks on deck during the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on June 26, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)
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The experts have always said that Robinson Cano could one day win a batting title; well this year he is finally putting it all together. Not only could he possibly win the batting title, but right now he is the lead dog in the American League MVP race.

The hot start for Cano this season actually comes as quite a surprise. In fact flashback to November of last year in the World Series. Coming into the series many considered Robinson Cano to be an X-factor in deciding the eventual winner. To be quite frank, Cano was less than spectacular. Though the Yankees did go on to win the series Cano was M.I.A, batting a miserable .136 (3-22).

After finishing the year in a terrible slump, the usually slow starting Robinson Cano came into the 2010 season hitting frozen ropes. Cano finished April batting over .400 with 8 homeruns. Now with June almost over Cano is batting a spectacular .360, leading the league by nearly 15 points. Not only is Cano hitting everything in his sight, but he is hitting for a lot of power. Currently he is 16th in the league in homeruns with 15, and 9th in the league in RBIS with 53.

At this point the 27-year-old second baseman seems to be running away with the MVP race. Though Miguel Cabrera has similar numbers, Cano is carrying the best team in the league on his back. Right now the Yankees lead the A.L East by 2 games , and Robbie Cano is at the center of their success. Cano is even proving successful in the clutch. Entering June 27th Robinson Cano was a career 0-11 against George Sherrill. Well tonight Cano turned it all around when the game was one the line. Tied at 6 with the Dodgers in the 10th inning Cano slammed the eventual game winning 2-run homerun off of Sherrill.

Always known as a top tier hitter Cano is finally proving that his glove is not something to overlook. Also having the best fielding year of his career, Cano only has one error as we close in on the allstar break.

As we draw closer to the allstar break, Cano seems to be proving all the experts right. Not only does he have an excellent chance to win the batting title, but the MVP seems well within reach.