October 20, 2010 — Nick Swisher and Robinson Cano opened the bottom of the third inning with back-to-back home runs, giving the Yankees a 5-0 lead.
Cano’s homer was his fourth of the ALCS. Cano became the 25th player in major league history to hit four or more home runs in one postseason series and the first Yankees player to hit four long-balls in an ALCS.
And, by the way, Cano is batting .414 in the ALCS.†
Those numbers won’t be factored in to the American League MVP voting — which Cano will be right smack in the middle of — but they do illustrate what a complete year Cano has had.
Cano finished the regular season with a .319 batting average, 109 RBI and 29 home runs. He further established himself as a Gold Glove caliber second baseman, and should absolutely take home that award, as well.
In the ALDS against Minnesota, Cano batted .333.
It’s not often that a player puts up such extraordinary numbers in the regular season and stays on the same pace throughout the postseason. But Cano has done it thus far.
–Alfred Santasiere III