This offseason the Seattle Mariners opened the check book and signed the top free-agent on the market. The Mariners gave the former New York Yankee and five-time All-Star Robinson Cano a 10-year, $240 million contract locking up the second baseman for years to come. What this means to the Los Angeles Angels is that they will have to face the power-hitting lefty a lot more over the next 10 seasons.
The Angels’ left-handed starting pitcher CJ Wilson welcomes the challenge of facing Cano when the AL West rivals square off this season. Wilson, who is very tough on left-handed hitters hasn’t quite had the same luck with the big second baseman. Cano has a .389/.450/.611 slash line lifetime against Wilson. Wilson knows that Cano is one of the best bats in the game and that he will have to really step up when they face off this season.
Wilson faced Cano in the first inning of Saturday’s Spring Training game, and struck him out looking. Wilson got roughed up for three runs over the next two innings and was pulled before he could face Cano again. Cano singled in his next two at bats against the Angels bullpen.
With Cano joining the Mariners and the Texas Rangers adding hulking first baseman Prince Fielder, the Angels’ left-handed pitchers are really going to have their work cut out for them this season. This is another reason why I thought it was important that the Angels add another solid left-handed reliever to the pen.
If this is any sign of how the season will go, it doesn’t look good for the Angels as CJ Wilson won the first battle with Cano, but the Mariners won the war as they beat the Angels 5-3 Saturday in Arizona.
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