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Cano’s ALCS performance shows he is the Yankees’ star

Go through the Yankee lineup and you’ll see plenty of superstar names: Jeter, Teixeira, Rodriguez. Amongst all these great players Robinson Cano emerged this season as the Yankees best player, punctuated by his three home runs thus far in the ALCS.

Cano simply had a monster year. His triple slash line of .319/.381/.534 features the best batting average on the team, second best OBP to Brett Gardner and best slugging percentage. Getting deeper into sabermetrics, Cano’s .389 wOBA was .022 better than the next best player, Nick Swisher. Additionally, Fangraphs has him worth 6.4 WAR in 2010, 1.0 WAR better than Brett Gardner. All in all, it was pretty safe before the playoffs to say that the 27-year-old Cano had arrived.

Even before this year, Cano had a good playoff history. He started off this year with an .833 ALDS OBP and has since belted three homers and been the most dominant player in the series aside from Cliff Lee’s performance. While Jeter may still be the leader of the club, this is clearly a lineup where Cano is the most feared hitter and the biggest difference maker.

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