Cano Named AL Player of the Week/Wade Sent Down

Robinson Cano: Heavy in some areas, light in others. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

That can happen when you hit .414 with four home runs. Overall, he hit .414/.414/.897, throwing in two doubles. He didn't walk even once, but when you're hitting like that maybe you don't have to.

The interesting question to me is if Cano is on track to make a run at the AL MVP award? He's hitting .310/.371/.591 overall, great numbers for a second baseman in any season. Baseball-Ref WAR has him third behind Brett Lawrie and Mike Trout, but the Lawrie ranking, at least, is problematic. He's hitting a decent .291/.338/.434, but BB-Ref credits him with being worth 31 fielding runs, and that's tantamount to saying he is two-times the fielder Brooks Robinson and Graig Nettles ever were in a full season. They topped out around +30, and that was over 162 games, not 75. That leaves Trout, whose case is more realistic.

Can Cano win an MVP while hitting .176 with runners in scoring position?

...In other news, Cory Wade lost his roster spot to Chad Qualls, who now gets to come before Jamie Quirk in the Yankees alphabet. Wade gets an all-expenses-paid tour of nowhere courtesy of the roaming Scranton team. This year, being bad has an extra penalty attached. We will have more on that momentarily.

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