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Robinson Cano's bat shows signs of waking

New York Mets left fielder Robinson Cano singles

New York Mets left fielder Robinson Cano singles against the Philadelphia Phillies during the first inning of an MLB baseball game at Citi Field on Friday, July 5, 2019. Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

After what has felt like an eternity since he started playing for the Mets, Robinson Cano’s bat finally has stirred.

Though the second baseman was 0-for-4 Saturday against the Phillies, he has five multihit games in his past seven, raising his average from .222 to .239. In the seven games, Cano is 10-for-26 (.385). He still has only four home runs and 18 RBIs, but this looks like the start of something.

“I hope so,” Cano said as he made his way to a hitter’s meeting before the game. “It feels more like me.”

In a season in which the Mets have taken a lot of heat for players failing to produce on the field, Cano’s struggles have been among the biggest reasons. He was acquired with Edwin Diaz from Seattle in the offseason, with the Mets sending back a package that included top prospect Jarred Kelenic and Jay Bruce. There were a lot of expectations for the former Yankee and eight-time All-Star in his return to New York.

Manager Mickey Callaway said hitting coach Chili Davis has been working closely with Cano in an attempt to get him to be more productive.

“He’s just barreling up the ball a little bit more,” Callaway said. “He’s working on a plan they put in place probably two weeks ago — a very detailed plan — and it seems to be paying off .  .  . He went through a week when he was trying to get the plan going. Then it was four, five days when he was hitting the ball really hard at people.

“[Now] he’s hitting the ball hard and not at people. That’s where we’re at — he’s having some success.”

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