Joe: Don't count Cano out of MVP race

Robinson Cano

Robinson Cano

#24 2B
New York Yankees

2011 STATS

  • GM136
  • HR23

  • RBI101

  • R89

  • OBP.351

  • AVG.307

Can Robinson Cano hit his way into the conversation for American League MVP?

Joe Girardi thinks so.

"I wouldn't write him off in that MVP race yet, that's what I wouldn't do. Because we know what he's capable of doing and carrying a club and putting up a big month and god knows where his numbers might end up you know at the end of the year," Girardi said after Cano had a game-winning two RBI single Saturday against Toronto.

Cano, who finished third in the MVP voting last season (Texas' Josh Hamilton won the award), drove in the game-winning runs for the Yankees on Friday and Saturday.

He now has 101 RBI, reaching the 100-RBI plateau for the second straight season. And he has been on a tear of late, hitting .355 with six doubles, one HR and eight RBI in his last eight games.

He currently ranks 11th in the AL in batting average (.307), tied for eighth in home runs (23 HR), third in RBI (101), seventh in slugging (.533) and ninth in OPS (.883).

Most believe Jose Bautista (.309, 39 HR, 209 RBI), Curtis Granderson (.271, 38 HR, 107 RBI), and Adrian Gonzalez (.342, 23 HR, 103 RBI) are candidates, as well as Jacoby Ellsbury (.313, 24HR, 84 RBI, 36 SB) and Detroit ace Justin Verlander (21-5, 2.34, 224 K, 0.91 WHIP).