Robinson Cano has massive night time in return to Mets’ lineup
Robinson Cano was the Mets’ hottest hitter earlier than he went on the injured record and although his homer and RBI single weren’t sufficient Friday night time, Cano appeared like he picked up the place he left off.
Serving because the DH in his first recreation again from a left groin pressure, Cano hit a protracted residence run within the third and tied the sport within the prime of the ninth earlier than the Mets misplaced it within the backside of the inning in a 6-5 loss to the Phillies.
“It’s virtually like he didn’t lose a beat from the day he acquired damage,’’ supervisor Luis Rojas mentioned.
Although the 37-year-old confirmed he’s able to performing as a DH, Rojas careworn the Mets nonetheless want him at second base.
The season began with Yoenis Cespedes because the Mets’ main DH, however varied gamers have been inserted into the spot since Cespedes opted out from the season practically two weeks in the past.
“We have now to get [Cano] on the sphere, as properly,” Rojas mentioned earlier than the sport. “Robbie is an efficient defender for us. He can do plenty of issues and we will use that DH spot for different guys to maintain them recent as properly in that rotation. … That DH spot is essential for the well being of the gamers all through this fast ramp up and the warmth and every part the blokes are encountering the season.”
It’s additionally essential that Cano hit like he did on Friday, as he proved he was wholesome.
After Dom Smith homered with two outs within the third, Cano went deep, as properly, with a shot off the second deck at Residents Financial institution Park.
Then, with the Mets all the way down to their last out towards Phillies’ nearer Hector Neris, Cano delivered once more.
Brandon Nimmo and Michael Conforto reached to begin the inning, however Pete Alonso and Smith each struck out.
Cano drilled the primary pitch he noticed from Neris into proper discipline, scoring Nimmo to tie the sport. Wilson Ramos then grounded out to finish the inning and Seth Lugo misplaced it within the backside of the ninth when he allowed a game-winning RBI single to Bryce Harper, however the Mets stay inspired by what Cano did earlier than he hit the IL — and what he did once more Friday.
“He feels actually good,’’ Rojas mentioned. “In conversations with him and the way he seems to be on the sphere and he’s additionally popping out of the field seems to be actually good. He’s swung the bat good. I’ve no issues with him.”
— Further reporting by Mike Puma in Philadelphia
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