Who'd have thought Robinson Cano's career high in home runs would come when he was playing his home games at Safeco Field? Well, in 2016, he did just that, while also reaching his best runs total in a much-improved Mariners offense. The long balls were backed up by his highest flyball rate since 2010, and they were helped by more time removed from his double sports hernia surgery to fix the woes that sapped his power in 2015 and perhaps 2014. The 34-year-old has compiled a batting average lower than .290 just twice in 12 years. Can he sustain such high averages as he ages while keeping low walk rates (6.4 percent and 6.6 percent the last two years)? He hits the ball hard enough to believe he will. Cano won't realistically revisit the double-digit steals from 2014, but he's arguably the most stable four-category second baseman not named Jose Altuve. Cano warrants second-round consideration.
Cano went 3-for-4 with a homer and two runs in Saturday's loss to the Athletics. Cano got the Mariners on the board in the first inning with his third homer, and he later scored the third and final run in a losing effort. He's only hitting .257 this month, but it's just a matter of time until the veteran catches fire and returns to his typical level of production.
Cano went 2-for-3 with two walks and two runs in Wednesday's 10-5 win over the Marlins. On a day when the Mariners' offense experienced a rare breakout effort, Cano joined Kyle Seager and Mitch Haniger in reaching base four times. The multi-time All-Star is systematically emerging from the early-season funk that plagued much of the first two weeks of his season, as he's raised his average 30 points to .242 over the last three games.
Cano went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer and three RBI in Monday's 6-1 victory over the Marlins. It was just Cano's second home run of the season, and his average sits at .232, but he has driven in 11 runs in 61 plate appearances. Better days are likely ahead for the 34-year-old, but don't expect him to match his 39 home runs from last season.
Cano went 1-for-5 with two RBI from a fielder's choice groundout and a single in Tuesday's 7-5 loss to the Astros. Cano's average still sits at a pedestrian .250, but he's reached safely in all nine games this season and hit safely in six straight. He also has all seven of his RBI in two of the last three games and has fanned just four times over his first 40 plate appearances.
Cano went 1-for-2 with a double, two walks and a run in Monday's 6-0 win over the Astros. Cano's bat has started to come alive after a 2-for-12 tally over his first three games, as he's now hit safely in five straight. He's raised his average 91 points to .258 over that stretch while also compiling one home run and five RBI, all of which came in a wild 10-9 loss to the Angels on Sunday. Given his recent resurgence, it appears safe to assume that Cano should be back to his customary level of production following the early-season hiccup.
|vs VERLANDER (CAREER)||13/44||.295||1||0||0||3||6|