In his last 9 games of 2012, Robinson Cano did things with the bat that seem impossible at the big league level.
Over this span, from Septmeber 25th through October 3rd, Cano had a BA/OBA/SLG line of .615/.628/1.026 (in 43 PA).
Yes, that’s a batting average of six-fifteen.
Note the difference between his BA and OBA. It’s almost no difference. And, now, here’s more: Cano’s batting average on balls in play during this run was .618 – which means, when he wasn’t hitting homeruns or taking the few walks he had on this streak, just about everything that he put into play on the field was a hit.
It was like something out of a movie. Cano was Roy Hobbs. Whenever he swung, he connected with the ball and it was a hit. Singles, doubles, homers, you name it…
I know all about sample size. But, what Cano did with the bat during this time is something that’s just not supposed to happen at the major league level – even for just a nine game period.
Of course, everyone is saluting Cano now – the Yankees, the YES Network, Yankees fans, and the local and national media, of all types, covering the Yankees. To them, Cano was “the man” for the Yankees as they closed out 2012.
And, it’s worth making note of that, now, as you never know what the near future may bring…