Fans by now are aware of the most recent chapter of Robinson Cano’s story: he left the Yankees for more money with the Seattle Mariners and the Yankees are now without a power hitting second basemen. So, does Robinson Cano believe the Yankees miss him?
“I don’t know,” Cano said. “You have to ask them that question.”
Okay…so Joe Girardi, do the Yankees miss Cano’s bat in the lineup?
“Well,” Girardi said. “That’s not a fair question.”
With Cano not on the team, the Yankees don’t have his power and they didn’t think it would be this hard to replace Cano’s bat in the lineup.
“I thought we would score more runs,” Girardi said. “Yeah, we’ve had some injuries at times where we’ve missed some key parts in the middle of the order, and times when key parts in the middle of the order were struggling and made it more difficult to score runs. I don’t think, for a period of time – which every club has – we’ve had six or seven guys hot at the same time. We haven’t had that. We’re due for that, and I’m looking forward to it.”
The Yankees have to stop focusing on Cano for a moment: their own offense is struggling and the Mariners are currently a red-hot team. The Yankees are once again in danger of falling under .500 and the Yankees really need to get their act together. But hey, it could be worse…at least the Yankees don’t have the worst record in baseball.
— Barring a setback of some kind within the next 24 hours, the Yankees are expecting to have Shawn Kelley back tomorrow. It will be interesting to see the corresponding roster move., but I can’t say I have any guesses.
— The Yankees top draft pick Jacob Lindgren is on his way to Tampa for a physical. It seems that’s the last step before his signing becomes official.
— So Joe, do you have a scouting report on what the Yankees can do against Hisashi Iwakuma?
“I think it’s making him get the ball up,” Girardi said. “Obviously he sinks it. He’s got a slider and a curveball, but his swing-and-miss pitch is a split. We play behind two guys who do that a lot, so it’s not like we haven’t seen it from that side. I think you’ve got to make sure you don’t chase that split down in the zone.”