In 2007 Cano roped 2 home runs in the ALDS against the Cleveland Indians on his way to a .333/.375/.800 line that couldn’t help the Yankees get into the next round. After an off-year in 2008, Cano stumbled out of the block in 2009 with a .167/.167/.167 line in the ALDS before recovering in the ALCS to notch a .261/.414/.478 line. He shrank again in the World Series to an awful .136/.130/.136 line. So, he’s gone from a big-game hitter to a not-so-much-of-a-big-game hitter back to a big-game hitter before choking and then recovering from the yips this postseason. Does that make sense to you? Nah, me either.
No, it’s seems more likely that Cano is simply an excellent hitter who ran through an excellent patch of the season, just a slew of games that are coming at the right time (Larry touched on this earlier). Now, it should also be noted that it is more likely that Cano will do this than, say, Francisco Cervelli, but that has more to do with Cano being a good hitter than Cano being more clutch.… Click here to read the rest