Thursday, June 12, 2014
CANO FINALLY HITS FIRST HOMER AT SAFECO
Robinson Cano’s home run against his former Yankees team Wednesday night was the first dinger he’s had at Safeco Field. This brings his overall home run tally to just three this season.
At this time last year, Cano—then still donning the pinstripes—was being named AL captain for the 2013 home run derby and would finish the season with 27 homers.
SB Nation’s Michael Barr has a great statistical breakdown of Cano’s hits this season and notes that while Cano is doing great at hitting for average (he’s batting .330 with an .806 OBP), his power numbers have dropped off significantly. His slugging percentage is down from .516 last year to .427 this season and his ISO is down from .202 in 2013 to just .094 as of June. (By the way, ISO is a fancy sabremetric data point short for Isolated Power that is meant to calculate a player’s raw power.) Put simply, when it comes to hitting for extra bases, Cano is having a terrible go of it in Seattle.
This may be because of the new stadium, or the fact that Cano is just getting older, but Seattle fans are already questioning if he is worth all of the money. Though I’m sure Yankees fans would love to see him back in pinstripes to help bolster a struggling offense. What say you? Would you rather have someone in the lineup that can hit for average even if their power numbers have declined dramatically?
I leave you with this...
--Alexis Garcia, BYB's "Eye on MLB" Columnist
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