Posts tagged Robinson Cano
What's Going On In "The Show"?

If you’ve been locked in on the NBA playoffs like most of the world has been, there was quite a bit you’ve missed in the MLB. With the Memorial Day checkpoint in the rearview mirror, we’ve had our fair share of surprises (both good and bad) to start off the season.  Here’s what has stood out so far.

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Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

The Braves are ahead of schedule

People didn’t have very much expectation for Atlanta this year. The Braves organization is the top ranked minor league system entering this season, so it was assumed that this team is still in its rebuild phase. However, the mix of young talent led by second baseman Ozzie Albies (pictured above) and seasoned veterans have surprisingly put the Braves in National League East and Wild Card contention.

Atlanta has been one of the best hitting teams in baseball so far this season. They have also pitched very well behind their second and third starters, Mike Foltynewicz and Sean Newcomb.  The Braves have been very fun to watch, but can they hold off the Nationals all summer?

No Cano, No Problem for Seattle

Here’s something that even I didn’t see coming. The Mariners lost star second baseman Robinson Cano on May 16 to not only a hand injury but also an 80-game suspension for violating the leagues drug policy.  Surprisingly since then, the Mariners have been on a roll behind their starting rotation.

Like Atlanta, Seattle has a daunting task of holding off a World Series contender in their own division, the defending champion Houston Astros. Not only do the Mariners have the Astros to deal with, they also have a very solid Angels team lurking in the American League West. It’s still early, but this Mariners team is showing potential to be the one to end the longest playoff drought in the four major sports.

The Dodgers stumble out of the block… and get injured

Mark J. Terrill-AP

Mark J. Terrill-AP

Anything and everything that could go wrong for the defending National League champion Dodgers has gone wrong so far. This team just cannot seem to stay healthy. The team started off the season without third baseman Justin Turner due to a wrist injury he suffered in spring training. Then they lost up and coming shortstop Corey Seager for the year with an elbow (UCL sprain) injury.

Now they’re dealing with the uncertain health of ace Clayton Kershaw (pictured right). A back injury may keep Kershaw off the mound until early July.  With the Rockies and Diamondbacks battling atop the division, the Dodgers hope that they can get healthy before either team runs away with the division.

Another Rough Year for the “Comedy Central”

For years the American League Central has been the division where only the division winner makes the playoffs.  So far this year, there’s only one team over .500 in the division: the prohibitive favorite Cleveland Indians. 

What’s shocking about this is that the Indians have not managed to pull away from the other teams.  Their bullpen, which had been a strength of the team in previous years, has been awful.  Their closer, Cody Allen, is the lone reliever with an earned run average under 4.00.  Although the Indians have disappointed so far, they still have the talent to be a dangerous team if they put it all together by season’s end. 

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Robinson Cano gets caught up, suspended 80 games for PEDs
Duane Burleson, Getty Images

Duane Burleson, Getty Images

Major League Baseball suspended Seattle Mariner star second baseman Robinson Cano for 80 games without pay after he tested positive for a banned substance - a diuretic called Furosemide. According to a statement by Cano, the diuretic is not a performance enhancing substance, but it used to treat “various medical conditions”. Cano has accepted the suspension and will begin serving it right away.

This news comes as Cano just underwent surgery for the fractured fifth metacarpal he suffered after being hit by a pitch in a series against the Detroit Tigers. The Mariners placed the 35-year-old All-Star on the disabled list following surgery. It's a devastating blow to the Mariners, who have goten off to a solid start as they contend for the AL West crown.  While there is not very much good news about this story, one positive about it if you’re a Mariners fan is that Cano will be eligible to return in August (although he won't be eligible for the postseason due to his suspension.)

Seattle’s offseason acquisition of former Miami Marlin Dee Gordon now looms large.  Gordon has played centerfield for the Mariners this season, but a return to second base is likely. Speaking of Gordon's, former White Sox infielder Gordon Beckham is another option up the middle for the Mariners.

Cano’s suspension hurts the Mariners offense most of all. It will be extremely difficult for the replacement players to match Cano’s production at the plate. Cano’s absence also means less protection for his teammates in the middle of the order, particularly Jean Segura and Nelson Cruz.

This news must be devastating to playoff-hungry Mariner fans in the Pacific Northwest. Seattle hasn't made the postseason since 2001, the longest playoff drought in the four major North American sports leagues. Entering play on May 15th, the Mariners are a game-and-a-half out of first place behind the Angels and Astros, who are tied atop the division. It's tough to imagine the Mariners keeping pace with those two teams without Cano in the lineup.