Robinson Cano hit his fifth and sixth homers of the last month, both two-run shots, to power the Mariners to a 4-3 win over the Yankees on Saturday.
The homers were Cano’s first two at Yankee Stadium as a visitor. Including Friday’s 0-for-4, he had hit .225/.295/.350 with one homer in 10 games versus the Yankees since signing with the Mariners as a free agent after the 2013 season.
It was also Cano’s first multihomer game as a Mariner.
Cano has had a very difficult year while dealing with acid reflux problems, but he’s turned it around pretty nicely in the last month. After hitting just two homers through June 21, he’s hit six in the 21 games since. His batting average has jumped from .237 to .254 over the last month.
In case you missed it over the weekend, the New York Yankees suffered yet another huge blow when another huge star went on the injured list. The star: Aaron Judge, who strained his oblique during Saturday’s 9-2 win over the Royals.
Yesterday the Yankees placed him on the injured list. In so doing, Yankees manager Aaron Boone called it a “pretty significant strain in there.” The team did not offer a timeline, but Boone said they’ll monitor Judge for a couple of weeks to see where he is. Oblique strains, however, can cause a player to miss a lot of time. Four to six weeks is not unheard of for even moderate oblique strains. Guys with major strains have missed months.
Judge is the Yankees’ 13th player currently on the injured list and is the 14th Yankees player to visit it overall on the young season. Joining him there at the moment :
It’s an All-Star team’s worth of injuries. It’s such a good group of players that Ellsbury couldn’t even make the starting lineup of the all-injured team.
Though we often ignore it in season-long narratives of successful and unsuccessful teams, choosing to focus on great or poor performances, the fact of the matter is that team health is almost always a big, big factor in who wins and who loses. No one is going to cry for the Yankees here, of course, but at some point there are just too many injuries to overcome. One has to wonder if New York has reached that point yet.