5 Mariners that Need to Step Up in the 2nd Half

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Jul 10, 2015; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano (22) makes a face after swinging at a pitch in the fifth inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports

Robinson Cano – 2B

2015 has been the season from hell for Robinson Cano. Seemingly everything has gone wrong for the $240 million dollar man this year. Poor performance, mental miscues and bad luck have defined the season for Robby.

Cano is having the worst season of his career, hitting a measly .251 with 6 home runs and 30 RBI’s through 86 games. His .290 on base percentage and .370 slugging percentage both represent career lows. He has made a number of embarrassing base running gaffs, including a mistake at Dodger Stadium in April that little leaguers would never make. He has also had a stomach bug that hit him hard in Tampa, and an errant warmup throw that hit him even harder in Anaheim.

It is not clear at this time whether his decline is due to injury, age or personal problems. Regardless, the Mariners will need much more from their superstar second baseman over the final two and a half months if they hope to reach the promised land. I fully believe he will get back to his old ways, but whether the turnaround will happen this season is anyone’s guess.

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