Last season was one to forget for Robinson Cano. Is this season going to be one to remember?
Coming into Saturday night’s contest against the Houston Astros, Cano led all of baseball in RBIs (30) and was tied for the American League lead in home runs (9).
So, what did Cano do to help lead the first place Seattle Mariners on Saturday night? How about four hits including two home runs with the second being the game-winner in the 10th inning.
While the numbers in 2015 would be nice years for most, not for Cano. He hit .286 with 21 home runs and 79 RBIs. He struck out a career high 107 times while battling stomach issues most of the season. It was obvious watching him that he was not his normal self. There was some talk about Cano being on the downhill slide and former Mariners’ coach Andy Van Slyke took it as far as to say Cano was the reason for the firings of general manager Jack Zduriencik and manager Lloyd McClendon.
While it is way too early to mention much about the Most Valuable Player race, it is always interesting to follow. Cano hasn’t won an MVP and his highest was a third place finish in 2010 when he hit .319 with 29 home runs and 109 RBIs for the New York Yankees.
If Cano can continue to produce the rest of the season and help lead the M’s to their first postseason appearance since 2001, the noise from the Pacific Northwest may be too loud to ignore.
There is a lot of baseball to be played but this bounce-back season has not only been great so far for Cano, but also the Mariners.