In the way you would not ask Adele to stop singing, it feels wrong to tell Robinson Cano to stop swinging.

Why halt something so beautiful?

Yet, I expect Yankees opponents to do exactly that — if not completely curtailing the sweetest swing in the sport, then at least severely limiting the volume. Cano is hard to walk, but opponents are going to try, nevertheless. Especially late in tight games.

“My instructions,” one veteran scout explained, “(are) going to be if the game is close after the sixth inning, DO NOT LET CANO BEAT YOU. And I am going to do it in capital letters.”

Cano already was coping with a version of this, as he clearly has become the Yankees’ most lethal hitter while key veterans began to diminish around him.

But the policy is about to become more extreme, with Curtis Granderson, Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez to begin the season on the disabled list.

Suddenly, Cano seemingly has all the protection of an umbrella in an avalanche. This might not be Miami, where the lineup is Giancarlo Stanton and the eight dwarves (Rob Brantly is hitting cleanup). But Yankees opponents are going to spend the early weeks treating Cano like plutonium, and probing if Kevin Youkilis and Travis Hafner have anything left.

“I would pitch around him,” Youkilis said. “He’s the best left-hand hitter in the game. I don’t care who is hitting behind him. There are going to be situations where he is just to be avoided.”

But those situations will expand, and expand in number if Youkilis and Hafner do not offer legitimate protection, if a duo that drove in as many runs together (94) last year as Cano did by himself do not make opponents regularly pay for just working around the Yankees’ No. 3 hitter. Which would force difficult decisions for Cano.

The range of Cano’s swing is so great and his hands are so lightning-fast that he can hit outside the strike zone. But even he acknowledged his hiccups in the season come when he chases too much — “the first thing I have to do is lay off the high fastball.”

We saw a preview of what would be a Yankees horror show last October. Cano ended the season as hot as a hitter could be (.615 in the final 10 games). No other Yankee was posing much of a threat. So in the playoffs, pitchers worked Cano with extreme care. Meanwhile, he felt the burden of having to carry the club. He had a record 0-for-29 stretch in the postseason — which seemed unthinkable for a player with, well, that beautiful swing.

“The lesson was there in the playoffs,” Cano said. “There is no secret: I didn’t get strikes and I swung out of the zone. … If I start thinking about who is behind or in front of me, I will come out of my game. If they don’t pitch to me, I have to let the guys behind me hit, no matter who it is. Even if I am the big guy [in the lineup], I have to stay patient. Youkilis, Vernon Wells and Hafner know how to drive in runs. “

Cano also is in his walk year, and there will be stress to hit his way to a stratospheric