Robinson Cano is a timely reminder to be wary of a big spike in power, especially in today's landscape. In 2016, everything went perfect for the veteran, as he simultaneously recorded his second-best HR/FB rate and second-highest flyball rate of his career, resulting in a career-best 39 long balls. Last season, both predictably dropped, and Cano fell 16 homers short of the previous season's total. He's still a productive player, but with 117 batters bopping at least 20 homers, Cano's days of being a top-60 player are likely history. Cano is still hard to whiff, so he remains a batting-average and run-producing asset, though with three steals since 2015, he's a liability in a category where it helps to get a contribution from his position. In 2017, Cano played in 150 games, the first time since 2006 he didn't play in at least 156. This may not seem like a big deal, but at age 35, durability could become an issue.
Manager Scott Servais said Cano was bothered by a lower-body issue for the second half of 2017, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports. This is the second consecutive year Cano has been hindered by lower-body issues, though the issues have primarily limited him in the field and on the bases rather than at the plate, according to Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN Seattle. The veteran second baseman, who still hit .280/.338/.453 with 23 homers last season, is expected to be fully healthy heading into 2018.
Cano went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run and two runs in Wednesday's 6-5 loss to the Athletics. Cano's 23rd homer of the season came in the eighth inning off Athletics reliever Chris Hatcher and his multi-hit effort snapped the 1-for-16 slump that had encompassed his previous four contests. Despite the recent struggles, Cano is closing out the season strong, as evidenced by an impressive .327/.383/.500 line in September.
Cano went 1-for-4 with a solo home run -- his 22nd of the season and 300th of his career -- in Thursday's 4-2 loss to the Rangers. Cano's 438-foot shot in the ninth served as the milestone blast and extended what has been a torrid September for the veteran second baseman. Cano now has a six-game hitting streak and is just seven RBI short of a second straight 100-RBI campaign.
Cano went 2-for-4 with a two-run single, a walk and a run in Wednesday's 8-6 loss to the Rangers. Despite the disappointing team outcome, Cano's third multi-hit effort in the last five games was a bright spot. The 34-year-old second baseman has a five-game hitting streak and is tearing the cover off the ball overall in September, generating a .366/.423/.521 line and .402 wOBA over 78 plate appearances while also driving in 14 runs.
Cano went 3-for-5 with two doubles and a run in Tuesday's 10-3 win over the Rangers. Cano's red-hot September continues, as he's now posted five multi-hit efforts and seven extra-base hits (five doubles, two home runs) during the month. The perennial All-Star has already racked up 10 RBI since Sept. 1 after amassing only eight in all of August.