Mariners Analysis: Who’s Hot and Who’s Not
By Ric Dickens
May 19, 2015; Baltimore, MD, USA; Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano (22) singles during the eighth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Baltimore Orioles defeat Seattle Mariners 9-4. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
Stock Down: Robinson Cano
I’ve tried to give him a pass, as I believe all of the Mariners faithful have, but at this point you can’t write this off as a slow start. We’ve reached the quarter mark of the season, and Cano hasn’t been half the player the Mariners need him to be.
In the last seven games he’s batting .208 (5/24) with no extra base hits. He hasn’t had an RBI since the San Diego Padres series, and to be completely honest, he just isn’t getting it done. The Mariners have 54 home runs this year, 41 of those are of the solo variety. 24 of those homeruns have come from either Nelson Cruz or Kyle Seager, and while I don’t know how many solo homeruns each of them have hit, I would bet that it’s been a good amount. This is because Robinson Cano hasn’t gotten on for Cruz and Seager to hit home runs with men on base.
Cano’s defense has been as slick as ever, and the double play he turned on Saturday against the Blue Jays certainly backs that up. But if he doesn’t get his bat going, and at least start getting on base, this Mariners ball club simply won’t thrive and reach the lofty expectations people had for them at the beginning of the season. This time last year, M’s fans were scared because his power numbers were down a good amount, but at this point I think I speak for all of the Mariners’ faithful when I say that it would just be nice to see him on base.
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