Mets: Robinson Cano channels Kirk Nieuwenhuis with three-home run game
By Edward Lennon
Robinson Cano had the best game of his New York Mets career on Tuesday with a three-home run performance against the San Diego Padres.
On Tuesday, July 22, the New York Mets started their six-game homestand on a good note by defeating the San Diego Padres, 5-2. Veteran second baseman Robinson Cano is to thank after he had the best game of his Mets career.
Cano ended the game going 4-4, with three home runs and five RBI. His batting average rose 11 points, to .254, in one game.
Back in 2013, this would not have been as a big deal as it is in 2019 because the eight-time All-Star entered Tuesday’s game batting .243 with only 6 home runs through 74 games. Nobody saw this sudden burst of power coming.
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This was the first three-home run games in his career. He became the 13th Mets player to do so. Only Yoenis Cespedes, the last to do so in 2017, has had multiple three-home run games as a member of the Mets. He was also the oldest second baseman to achieve this stat.
Cano’s big game came when he was batting clean up. Maybe they finally found a good place for him in their line up.
This one-game of superiority out of Cano should not satisfy fans. He needs to keep improving and making proper adjustments at the plate.
In his first 66 games, the 36-year-old only hit four home runs. Through his last nine games, he has hit five.
When asked about Cano’s struggles this season, manager Mickey Callaway and General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen both have proclaimed their trust in him and how they believe he will find himself again. Maybe this is the first glimpse of that.
Since the odds are against a postseason run for the Mets, they could only hope that Cano stays hot. After letting go of our two top prospects for him and closer Edwin Diaz, Cano should be an every day, consistent bat in their lineup.
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If Cano finishes the season on a strong note, then the trade will not look as bad as it did earlier in the season.