Most Yankees fans have been pleasantly surprised by the numbers put forth thus far by Robinson Cano and Melky Cabrera. The two buddies have been in the middle of a bunch of game winning rallies, with Melky in particular notching a number of game winning hits. However, a closer look at the statistics suggest that since a hot April, neither player has been especially impressive.
Cano started the season by walking more often and seeing more pitches than we had come to expect from him. In April, he hit .366/.400/.581. It seemed like he had thrown off the burden of his poor 2008 and gotten back to the Robinson Cano that people expected to be a star. However, he went .272/.297/.465 in May and is at .171/.237/.171 in June. He looks uncomfortable at the plate again, and has been coming up small with runners on base.
Melky has had a similar experience, which has been hidden by the fact that many of his hits have come in important spots. He also changed his approach this season, seeing more pitches than ever before and driving the ball to all fields. While he has maintained his improved eye at the plate, his triple slash numbers have plummeted from .327/.400/.571 in April to .321/.348/.429 in May to .161/.235/.290 in June. He did injure his shoulder coming into June which may explain the drop in his performance.
What can we expect going forward? With Cano, he has traditionally had awful first halves and then turned it on after the All Star break (.738 OPS vs. .884) . The fact that he has had a solid first two months suggests that if he holds true to form, he may put up some of his best numbers yet. I would expect Robbie to break out of his slump shortly and to carry this club for a bit, as he can certainly do when he gets hot.
In regard to Melky, his career splits show his best months to be June and July, but there is nothing too stark to draw any real conclusions from. Even during his recent slump, he looks like a different hitter than he did during the last few seasons. I would expect performance to match what he did in May from here on out for Melky, which would make for a very solid season when coupled with his excellent April. Those numbers would almost certainly be enough to hold off Brett Gardner for the CF job.
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