Don’t look now, but Robinson Cano‘s slow start may be over. After a 4-for-4 performance against the Mariners on Friday night he now has a .444/.459/.694/1.154 line during his last nine games and has raised his overall average to .308.
Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira are the highest paid Yankees, but everyone knows that the driving force of this Yankees offense is Cano and Curtis Granderson. So it was no wonder the Yankees offense struggled with consistency in April when Cano had a .267/.323/.389/.712 line for the month.
It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that Cano finally broke out. Even while he was struggling, Yankees manager Joe Girardi and hitting coach Kevin Long insisted that Cano’s swing was fine and that he was simply hitting the ball right at fielders. That reflected in his “Well Hit Avg” which is fifth in all of baseball at .285, suggesting that it was only a matter of time before he broke out of his slump.
It probably should be noted that Cano is a bit of a slow starter. The worst month of his career is May where he has a .281/.314/.435/.749 line and April is his second worst month, although his numbers really aren’t terrible during the month overall, .296/.336/.481/.817. He does get significantly better after that though. Probably a good indication that we can still expect a big season from him this year.