Seattle Mariners rumors about Robinson Cano have been all positive lately. Mariners fans and fantasy baseball owners that stuck with Cano through his early season struggles have been rewarded recently. Playing against the Chicago White Sox on Sunday, August 30, he went 2-for-4 to raise his batting average to .283 on the season. It followed a night where he went 4-for-4 to prove he hasn’t lost that swing.
Breaking down his numbers even further, Cano is hitting .347 through his last 30 games, .387 through his last 15 games, and .444 in his last seven games. His second half numbers have been absolutely amazing, ranking him among the best hitters in baseball for that time span. In those last 30 games, he was 42-for-121 at the plate with 17 RBIs, 18 runs scored, and 13 walks. He had a .410 on-base percentage and a .504 slugging percentage.
These Seattle Mariners rumors aren’t going to get the team over the top, unfortunately, as the pitching continues to let down the team. Even with Robinson Cano, Ketel Marte, and Nelson Cruz hitting well, the Mariners have been unable to consistently win baseball games. The 2015 MLB season is nearly lost to the team, but at least Cano has proven that he can still be a force at the plate. That has helped the offense score many more runs in the second half, but it still hasn’t helped put more games in the win column.
Cano is making $24 million a season, so there are a lot of expectations being placed upon him. In the first half of the season, he has posted just a .251 batting average and .660 OPS. He had only six home runs and 30 RBIs to his credit through those first 86 games. In just 39 games during the second half, Cano has eight more home runs and 30 more RBIs. That .212 batting average he posted in the month of June has quickly been placed in the rearview mirrors thanks to hot hitting in the months of July and August.
There is going to be a lot of chatter surrounding the Mariners during the upcoming MLB offseason, but at least analysts can stop debating whether Robinson Cano can still be a force on offense. That story can be put to bed, allowing for other Seattle Mariners rumors about the pitching staff, outfield situation, and bullpen to take center stage. The front office, led by a new general manager, has a lot of work to get done if this team is going to be a contender in the 2016 MLB season.
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