Robinson Cano hit the difference-making grand slam for the Yankees in Thursday’s 6-5 win against the Angels. The Home Run Derby champ is up to 20 homers, becoming the only player besides Joe Gordon in franchise history to launch at least 20 as a second baseman in three straight seasons.
It was Cano’s 10th homer with two outs this season and seventh tiebreaker. He has homered in the last two games and in four of the last eight. His average is up to .303 and he has driven in 81 runs.
And yet he isn’t satisfied with his year so far, not after hitting .342 in 2006, .320 in 2009 and .319 last year. He feels he hasn’t been as consistent this season.
“I can do better,” Cano said. “… After you’ve been up here in the past over .300, like .320, .330, you know you’re capable of doing that. So that’s where you want to be. When you go back to .290, .280, .290, you know you’re capable that you can be .330. But not every year is going to be the same. Those are the kind of things that are going to make me a better player.”
Cano admitted he hasn’t been as selective this season.
“I have been chasing a lot of pitches, not like I was last year,” he said.