May 1, 2010 — Well, it’s official, April is in the history books.
Not only did the Yankees rack up a 15-7 record in the season’s first month, but they also saw the game’s hottest player take the field every day.
As April came to a close, Robinson Cano led the American League with a .400 average, and he ranked second in home runs (8), runs (21), and slugging percentage (.765).
Needless to say, Joe Girardi’s decision to bat Cano behind Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez has paid off. I expect Cano to among the game’s top hitters for a long-time to come, especially if he remains in the fifth spot in the Yanks’ batting order.
While it would be nearly impossible to imagine Cano staying this hot throughout the season, it must be noted that the two guys he’s batting behind have yet to hit their strides (Teixeira is hitting .157 with 2 home runs and A-Rod is hitting .256 with 2 home runs). When that powerful duo heats up (and based on their career history’s it’s safe to assume that they will), Cano will see a better selection of pitches.
Yet, at this juncture, Cano is playing the best baseball of his life, and he’s been the game’s best player in the early part of 2010.
–Alfred Santasiere III