Friday, April 30, 2010

Robinson Cano making early MVP case

Robinson Cano is doing it all for the New York Yankees. He's carrying the offense while sluggers Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez continue to struggle. He's playing a Gold Glove-caliber defense, as shown by an extraordinary play in last night's game. Thanks in large part to Cano, the Yankees are carrying a 14-7 record into the last game of the month and keeping pace right behind the Tampa Bay Rays. I know it's only April, but Cano is making a strong case for his first Most Valuable Player award.

The Yankee offense has been fairly anemic at times this season and almost wasted a tremendous effort by AJ Burnett. But Cano came to the rescue, blasting two home runs and scoring three of the four Yankee runs. Even his teammates are in awe, as shown during yesterday's YES Network broadcast. After congratulating Cano on both of his homers, they just sat on the bench and shook their heads in amazement.

Even more remarkable was the play he made in the third inning. To say he robbed Nolan Reimold of a hit doesn't do that play justice. Teix wasn't kidding when he said Cano is the best defensive second baseman in baseball. See it for yourself.

Cano is batting .407 with 8 homers, 17 ribbies and 21 runs scored. Project those numbers over a full season and they scream MVP. Cano is finally having the season that fulfills all the potential baseball people have been talking about all these years.

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