Much of the talk after the Yankees’ 10-0 win was about their MVP candidate and their Cy Young candidate. But both Robinson Cano and CC Sabathia are more focused on team goals, which certainly helps the cause.
Cano has played in all but one game and is hitting .325 with a career-high-tying 25 homers and 86 RBI after delivering a grand slam and a career-high six RBI. Plus, he has made only three errors.
“I’ll let you guys decide anything about myself,” Cano said to the reporters surrounding his locker. “In my mind, I want to go back to the World Series.”
Cano is now one of just three Yankees second basemen with multiple 25-homer seasons, joining Joe Gordon and Alfonso Soriano. Cano said Alex Rodriguez is like a big brother to him. Joe Girardi said that Cano has taken off since A-Rod sat him down for a 45-minute chat in spring training about situational hitting. Now Cano has taken Rodriguez’s place in the cleanup spot while he’s on the DL, and he feels a responsibility to live up the high standards.
“The guy who was there is a guy who every year has 100 RBI, 30 home runs, always does his job with men on base,” Cano said. “Now it’s time for me to step it up and help the team win games.”
Sabathia is 17-5 with a 3.02 ERA. He leads the AL in wins and is tied for the major-league lead. He could be in line for to win 20 for the first time and claim his second Cy Young.
“I’d rather win a World Series than win a Cy Young,” Sabathia said.
Good luck beating him at Yankee Stadium. He’s undefeated in his last 20 starts here dating to the 2009 All-Star break, winning 15 decisions and posting a 2.17 ERA.
At first he said, “Give my wife credit for that — home cooking,” Sabathia said. But he added that he really can’t explain his home dominance. He broke Ron Guidry’s 1978 record today with his 16th straight quality start, so he’s pretty good home and away.
Mark Teixeira was given a free pass to load the bases for Cano in the fifth, and Cano hit his grand slam. When will teams learn not to walk Teixeira to load the bases? It almost never works. In these last two years, it has happened 10 times. The batter behind Teixeira is 7 for 8 with a walk, a sac fly, four homers and 25 RBI. …
So now the Super Nova hits Toronto. Ivan Nova will make his first big-league start Monday night against the Blue Jays.
That’s it from here tonight.