In three plate appearances against Edwin Jackson last night, Robinson Cano saw 27 pitches. He saw 12 pitches in the fourth inning and 10 more in the sixth. That played a huge role in driving up the right-hander’s pitch count. Jackson had to leave a shutout after six innings because he had thrown 117 pitches.
Cano is averaging 3.64 pitches per plate appearance. That’s not great, but it’s a jump up from 3.35 a year ago.
Cano is never going to be a patient hitter, that’s not in his nature. But he’s not not getting himself out by chasing bad pitches, which is what happened so often last season.
Because he is so skilled, Cano can get his bat on pitches over his head or at his cleats. But that’s just what the pitcher was counting on. Now, that little extra ounce or two or patience is making him a killer at the plate.