We all just live in it, apparently. After two more home runs and a double, Robinson Cano’s season line is an utterly scorching .407/.444/.790, good for the highest OPS in the American League (and second-highest in baseball behind St. Louis’ Colby Rasmus), a 233 OPS+ and a Major League-leading .510(!!) wOBA. Even if Cano takes an 0-fer tonight, as Jack Curry mentioned on YES’s postgame show last night, Cano is an absolute lock for American League Player of the Month for April. Paul Konerko and his 10 home runs may get some consideration, but Konerko’s not batting over .400 on the month.
Oh yeah, and the Yankees beat Baltimore 4-0 last night, on the backs of the Robinson Cano show and eight shutout innings from A.J. Burnett. I was only able to catch the ninth inning so I can’t offer much analysis, but there doesn’t appear to be a ton to analyze other than that Cano has to be putting the fear of god into American League pitchers right now.
Scanning the boxscore, Tex apparently picked up a hit, but A-Rod and Granderson remained ice cold, even if Alex did hit another sac fly RBI. Oh, and Marcus Thames unexpectedly continues to rake in limited duty, going 3-3 to push his OPS to 1.591, albeit in a mere 17 at-bats. The team also only took one walk for the second straight game, which would be more irritating if Burnett didn’t administer the thorough beatdown to the O’s lineup that he did. Despite the low walk totals the Yankees are still leading baseball in OBP, but I’d really like to see them get that total at least 0.01 points higher than everyone else.
With Burnett lowering his ERA to 2.43 (3.38 FIP), the Yanks’ big three starters are all in the top 20 in the American League in ERA (and Phil Hughes would be 6th in the league if he had enough innings to qualify), giving the Yankees one of the most formidable rotations they’ve had in what seems like forever. Right now outside of Javy Vazquez the Yankees are sending someone to the mound every day who gives the team a chance to win in every single start, and that’s a damn good feeling.