April 5, 2010

New Poll: Robinson Cano MVP candidate?

Now that I’ve made my preseason predictions, and you’ve surely seen them by now, I thought it was time to hear some fan predictions.

Robinson Cano was heating up at the end of spring, and he stayed hot in last night’s opener. He hit the ball hard three times and would’ve wound up with two doubles if J.D. Drew hadn’t made a great play on a ball off the right field wall.

Last night on Twitter I predicted that Cano will lead the league in doubles this year. I stand by that, but I want to take it a step further. Is Cano an MVP candidate?

Some analysts say age 27 is when most hitters enter their prime. That’s how old Cano is. His batting average dropped 71 points from 2006 to 2008 (.342-.271), but he stormed back in 2009 with a .320 BA. He’s coming off his first 200-hit, 100-run season and he’s entering his sixth year in the majors.

Now the five-hitter, Cano is lined up for his first 100-RBI season. Cano received votes for MVP for the first time last season and finished t-17th with Zack Greinke, the Cy Young winner, and a few votes ahead of Evan Longoria (my 2010 MVP pick).
Again, is Cano an MVP candidate?

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