2009: Robinson Cano was torched after the 2008 season for not caring and goofing off, and led many people to wonder what his future held after his poor season (.271 AVG with only 14 HR). This resulted in Cano going into the 2009 season as the weak spot in the Yankees monster infield. Maybe it was the lack of attention Cano was getting, maybe it was the low expectations many had for him, or it could’ve been less pressure on him with the arrival of Mark Teixeira, but whatever the cause the ending result was an exceptional stat season put together by Robinson Cano.
Cano got off to a quick start in the opening series at Baltimore going 6-11,.545 AVG, with a HR and 3 RBI and would continue the superb April play. April would wind up being Robinson’s most productive month putting up a .366 AVG with 5 HR and 16 RBI (all three were season highs for one month). He cooled off in May and June hitting .272 and .270, respectively, but lit right back up after the All Star break. He hit at least .330 in July, August, and September and had 13 HR over the three months. Cano was very quiet in the postseason only registering a .193 AVG and 6 RBI, and his career postseason numbers now stand at .217 AVG 2 HR and 14 RBI.
2009 Regular Season Totals: 103 Runs 204 Hits 25 HR 85 RBI .320 AVG .352 OBP
2010: Following the successful season in ’09 expectations will be on Cano to match his success, a feat he has yet to achieve. The one place Cano must be given a lot of credit is his consistency he put together last season. He had either 3, 4, or 5 HR in every month and his RBI in a single month ranged from 11-16, this is a pattern I believe will be maintained this coming season. It is hard to say he will once again be able to put together four months where he hits atleast .330 but if he can raise his two worst months from last season he can once again put together a solid season. He will have help with a more balanced lineup, and Curtis Granderson should give him more protection then he has ever been accustumed to.
The major issue the Yankees will have to address with Cano in 2010 is his ability to hit with RISP. Last season Cano hit a pitiful .207 with RISP while hitting .376 with 16 HR (60% of his total HR) with the bases empty. Cano primarily hit 5th, 6th, and 7th in the order last season and will probably hit in those spots, which are all usually RBI producing spots, again this season. Robinson will also have to work on his ability to move runners over with less than 2 outs if he wants his good looking stats to mean something in the end. I see a huge year for Cano coming in 2010 and fans should definitely look for Cano to be head to head against Dustin Pedroia for the starting 2B job in the 2010 All Star game.
*Fun Fact: Cano had a .984 FPCT in 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009
2010 Regular Season Prediction: 106 Runs 212 Hits 28 HR 98 RBI .334 AVG .374 OBP