Seems like every time I write one of these there is a fantastic pitching performance and Cano is mashing.
I’ll start with Burnett. Aside from the 6th inning (and he got out of that 1st and 2nd 1 out jam rather nicely), Burnett flat out dominated the Orioles through 8 frames. The Orioles looked completely helpless at the plate as Burnett allowed just 4 baserunners. Burnett’s fastball location was completely spot on in this one and made a huge impact. Perhaps the best I’ve seen from him in fact. If AJ, CC and Andy continue to pitch like this, it’s going to be a fun summer.
How about Marcus Thames? He keeps finding holes with bloopers and blasting shots off the wall against lefties. He’s pretty much gone from hitting nothing to nothing but hitting between March and April. If he could somehow maintain a shadow of his current performance throughout the year, he will be a pretty good tool off the bench for Joe Girardi. If Thames leaves his mitt at home, that is.
As Kim Jones noted shortly after the game, this is the Cano show. Cano had 2 lazer shots over the fence in right, and he looks as locked in as ever. After tonights game, he is now OPSing a Pujolsian 1.235 with 8 homers and 17 RBI. This month could possibly be the very best of his career (along with September 2006 where he OPSed 1.053 with 7 homers and 28 ribbies).
Can you imagine if Tex and A-Rod started hitting now with Cano smoldering at the plate?