New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano has played well so far this year, but he needs to step his game up even more if the Yankees want to make some noise in the competitive AL East.
Cano currently leads the team with 16 home runs and 42 RBI’s while also providing Gold-Glove-calibur defense at second base. His position is one of the things that makes Cano so valuable; no second baseman even comes close to his power production, except maybe the Boston Red Sox‘ Dustin Pedroia.
But Cano has been cold of late, hitting just .222 in June with a pair of home runs and six RBI’s. He would have an opportunity to win an MVP award this year if he could put up monster numbers and help the Yankees to the playoffs, especially now. After all, they’ve been without stars Derek Jeter, Mark Teixeira, Curtis Granderson and Alex Rodriguez for most of the year, and they’ve had to make due with other lower-profile players. It worked for a while, but now New York is struggling. If Cano began to hit like he was hitting earlier in the season again, he’d easily be in contention for an MVP nod.
I think the best thing is to keep Cano in the third spot. Manager Joe Girardi has tried him at the two hole a few times, but I think his power ability translates more to a lower-order batting position. If Robinson Cano begins to produce like he was at the beginning of the season, the AL East should look out.