I’m not being lazy when I simply sum up tonight’s 4-0 win over the O’s with the words:
“Cano is sick right now.”
He is. He just is. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a player with such a hot bat. Every pitch he sees must look like this to him.
And how about his defense? That play he made in the third was outstanding. Is all this just a case of a talented kid maturing? Has his work with Kevin Long finally paid off? Is he more focused on the game without his buddy Melky around? I don’t know and I’m sure he’ll slump like every player does. But I’m enjoying this ride as long as it lasts, particularly since A-Rod and Tex haven’t started mashing yet.
No, Cano didn’t win the game singlehandedly. There was A.J. Wow. Just wow. Yesterday’s commenters here on the blog speculated about which starter had the potential to throw a no-hitter. Well, tonight A.J. had no-hit stuff – good control, especially after the first inning, and lots of life on his fastball. He went eight innings and Mo took care of the ninth. Game over. Road trip over. Happiness assured. If I had my own plane, I’d fly it in the sky and write a message to the Yankees. Here’s what it would say.