New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway is still confident in Robinson Cano’s ability to succeed in the batter’s box.
The New York Mets are staring at a record of 37-42 on June 25. They’re currently in fourth place in the NL East, nine games behind the first place Atlanta Braves.
One of the numerous reasons they’re not doing all too well this year is due to an underperforming big bat. Second baseman Robinson Cano was supposed to be one of the more effective assets in the Mets lineup this season.
However, having been plagued with numerous injuries, below-average statistics, and a few incidents where it seemed effort on the field was an issue, Cano has been an overall disappointment thus far in 2019. In 54 games this year, Cano, 36, has only hit .223 with four home runs and 16 RBIs.
However, despite the numerous reasons for Cano to be criticized this season, there’s one individual who’s sticking by his side. It’s his manager, Mickey Callaway.
Mickey Callaway on sticking with Robinson Cano: "I don't think 80 games is fair to say that he's declined in any way…he hasn't lost bat speed" pic.twitter.com/H7yRkEzYIC
— SNY (@SNYtv) June 25, 2019
“I think there’s a lot of people in this industry that understand Robinson Cano is a hitter,” Callaway explained. “He hasn’t lost bat speed. We just got to get him confident and get him going again and he’s going to hit.”
The Mets have played eight games thus far through this 11-game road trip. Cano has appeared in seven of those eight games and has hit .111 with one home run, two RBIs, two runs scored and five strikeouts. To say the least, Cano is definitely one of the reasons the Mets haven’t garnered enough firepower thus far on the road trip.
New York has gone 3-5 in this string of games away from Citi Field.
The Mets continue their road trip Tuesday night when they face the Philadelphia Phillies in the second of a four-game series. Cano will be in the lineup and bat third as well as play his usual second base spot.