Miguel Cabrera And Robinson Cano Find Themselves On Opposite Ends Of The Postseason Record Books
As we speak, Justin Verlander is doing exactly what Justin Verlander does and the Yankees are doing exactly what the Yankees have been doing in Game 3 of the ALCS: pitching lights out and hitting collectively like an eight-year-old girls' tee ball team, respectively. The game has featured two of your favorite ballplayers set records for virility and futility and it's about time you found out who did what.
Robinson Cano has set the single-year postseason record for consecutive hitless at-bats.
Technically, this is a record he set in Game 2, but with the masterful Verlander holding Cano hitless through two at-bats, he's extended the record to 28 hitless at-bats. This is a guy who batted .313 with 33 home runs and 94 RBI in the regular season and finished said season with nine multi-hit games in a row. I guess momentum is dead (god bless ya momentum, ya dun' good) and Robby just wants to fit in with the rest of his godawful teammates.
I don't think anyone expected Robinson Cano to be the one to hold this record though. And strangely enough, or un-strangely, depending on what kind of exposure you've had to New York media, he hasn't been vilified this October nearly as much as Alex Rodriguez or Nick Swisher. Could be contracts, could be kinship to a guy raised through the Yankees' farm, or it could be that Cano isn't an insufferable douche.
However, on the flip side of the coin...
Miguel Cabrera owns an MLB record 16-game LCS hitting streak
Talk about your guys who just know how to perform under any circumstances. You can't look at what Miguel Cabrera is doing in Detroit up against what Swisher and A-Rod and Cano aren't doing in New York and tell me certain guys don't get fazed by their surroundings. The Yankees and New York put 27 rings worth of pressure on their players and that's just a work environment Miggy doesn't have to deal with.
Miguel Cabrera's 2B extended his League Championship Series hitting streak to 16 games.Elias says that's the longest LCS streak ever.
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) October 17, 2012
Of course, this particular record isn't about the Yankees and we shouldn't take away from Miguel Cabrera. A 16-game hitting streak in the penultimate playoff round against what is typically some of the finest pitching all season is an impressive feat. But from the Triple Crown winner, it's hard to expect anything less.
Also, Verlander is working a one-hitter through seven innings. How's that lineup experiment going for ya, Joe?
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