So what could happen if Cano bats third? There aren’t many moments that I like to reflect on from the ALDS, but there is one that stands out, one that could happen a lot more in 2012. In game 1 of the ALDS Cano took Tigers pitcher Al Albuquerque to deep right field with two outs and the bases loaded, earning him 6 RBI’s by the end of the game. Cano also reached base nine times during the postseason and drove in nine of the team’s 28 runs, it’s crazy to think about. Imagine what he can do in an entire season, and all of the fastballs he could see batting in front of ARod, we could see that sweet swing do even more damage.
I can’t even begin to predict the numbers Cano will produce this season. He surprised all of us in 2010 and he continued to live up to the hype in 2011, but I think the best is yet to come. I think Cano was destined to be our number three hitter, his discipline and swing are going to bring amazing results. I am slightly superstitious when it comes to baseball, so I don’t want to accidentally jinx Cano by throwing out numbers. I will predict this though, the RBI’s, the batting average, and the homeruns are only going to climb higher. Maybe Cano and ARod will be the next unstoppable 3-4 combination, or maybe Granderson and Cano can have their own homerun race. Cano has had his name in the MVP race for the past two seasons, and a move to third in the batting order is only going to bring out more of his abilities. Hopefully if the baseball gods are willing…2012 could finally be the year he owns the titles of MVP and World Champion; it doesn’t get much sweeter than that.
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