Mariners Analysis: Welcome Back, Robinson Cano


Don’t look now, but Robinson Cano is starting to play like Robinson Cano again. Actually, keep looking, because it could be one of the only things that makes the Mariners interesting the rest of the way.

Cano now has nine home runs, seven of which have come in the last 23 games. Cano’s sub-par first half may make his overall stats hard to salvage overall, but it’s important to note: Robinson Cano does not stink.

I fully believe Cano was snake-bitten in the first half of the season. He did expand the zone and strike out too much, but he also hit balls incredibly hard, right at people. He also was victimized by the shift a ton of times. There was also the report of a stomach ailment that hampered him greatly.

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Cano can still play, and play well. He’s got his power stroke back and it looks like he’s more balanced at the plate. Look at how he stays back on the ball here, and doesn’t have his weight out on his front foot.

Will the Mariners make the playoffs? Probably not. Will they get to .500? Probably not. Is Robinson Cano still capable of helping this team win next year and beyond? Definitely yes. The Mariners are still set up to contend in the next few years, and Cano is a major reason why.

Reminder that the Mariners take on the Tigers tonight at 4:08 Pacific Time. Taijuan Walker takes the mound for the M’s.

Go M’s!

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