August 30, 2010

Poll Results: Lineup spots uncertain for Cano, A-Rod

poll results37The most recent poll results were inconclusive,  as fans voted evenly on whether or not Robinson Cano should hit cleanup when Alex Rodriguez returns from the disabled list.

The Yankees have a surprisingly great record without A-Rod in the lineup, but in an earlier post I found that is most likely due to facing weak opponents.

Cano’s numbers have been slightly better out of the cleanup spot than the five-hole, but only in a very small sample size.

Hitting fourth: 81 PA, 6 HR 20 RBI, 10 BB, 10 K, .338/.420/.648
Hitting fifth: 475 PA, 19 HR, 67 RBI, 38 BB, 51 K, .319/.379/.541

I say you stick with what’s worked all year. Cano is still very effective hitting fifth. Plus, A-Rod was heating up before he got injured.

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