Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Robinson Cano needs to step up
Robinson Cano has pulled a virtual disappearing act in the postseason, stranding a small army of baserunners. Even though the Yankees get their designated hitter back in Game 6, the Yankees lineup got shorter with the injury to Melky Cabrera. With Brett Gardner subbing for Melky, Cano needs to bring some pop back to the bottom of the lineup.
Whether he can do it or not is questionable. Cano is currently batting .167, popping up the ball with alarming frequency. It's baffling when you consider he had a good year offensively and defensively, but Cano has been unable to regain his regular season form through three rounds of the playoffs.
It's not too late for Cano to redeem himself. He can erase the memory of his playoff failures up to this point with a timely hit or two to help the Yanks finish off the Phillies. It's time for him to step up.
Thanks to Keith Allison via Wikipedia for the photo.