Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano drilled a solo home run to right field off of Wade Davis in the top of the 10th inning of Tuesday’s All-Star Game, helping the American League defeat the National League 2-1 for its fifth consecutive All-Star Game victory. For his contribution, Cano was named MVP of the 2017 All-Star Game.
Cano was one of seven replacements leading up to Tuesday’s action. 2017 marked his eighth nomination to the All-Star team, all in the American League. He’s the first Mariner to win All-Star Game MVP since Ichiro Suzuki in 2007. The only other Mariner to have won it was Ken Griffey, Jr. in 1992.
Entering the break, Cano was batting .275/.332/.481 with 17 home runs and 60 RBI in 346 plate appearances.
Some good news for the Nationals today: All-Star hurler Max Scherzer is due back from the injured list this week, this time (hopefully) for good. He’s slated to start during Thursday’s series finale against the Pirates.
It’s been a long road back for the right-hander, who earned his seventh consecutive All-Star designation after heading into the break with a 2.30 ERA, 5.6 fWAR, and a league-leading 7.56 SO/BB rate. An untimely back injury forced him to the injured list in the days leading up to the All-Star Game, however, and he hasn’t returned in any kind of part-time or full-time capacity since.
While Scherzer was originally expected to pitch for the Nationals sometime during their weekend series versus the Brewers, manager Dave Martinez elected to push back his return date by a few days. It’s not clear whether he felt some lingering pain during his 64-pitch simulated start on Saturday or whether the Nationals simply want to play it safe with their ace, but either way, the club apparently feels like Scherzer will be back to full strength before the end of the week.
If so, his return would be a significant asset to the Nationals, who could use a sub-3.00 ERA, 5.0-fWAR starter to help bolster their standing in the NL East. Still, there’s no guarantee that the veteran righty is ready to shoulder a full-time role in Washington’s rotation, nor is it certain that he’ll be able to match his results from the first half of the season. In one start between IL stints last month, he dealt five innings of three-run, two-walk, eight-strikeout ball in an 8-7 loss to the Rockies.