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Robinson Cano sets postseason record with 0-for-26 skid

Oct 14, 2012, 7:27 PM EDT

Robinson Cano Reuters

Robinson Cano has a way of making baseball look effortless. Which is all well and good when he’s batting his usual .310 with very good power. When he slumps, his usual manner makes him look lackadaisical and disinterested, even though he might be anything but.

Cano went hitless in a fifth straight game Sunday in the loss to the Tigers, and he’s now in an 0-for-26 skid that ranks as the longest hitless streak ever to be compiled in a single postseason, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

The second baseman also made a key defensive miscue in the seventh inning today, mishandling the relay from short on what should have been an inning-ending double-play ball. Quintin Berry scored the Tigers’ first run of the game on the play.

Overall, Cano is 2-for-32 for the postseason, though he does have four RBI.Raul Ibanez and Ichiro Suzuki, with five apiece, are the Yankees leaders.

What makes Cano’s struggles all the more incredible is that he finished the season on a remarkable 25-for-39 tear. He was so hot that even if one sticks the 2-for-32 onto the end of that, he still has a .380 average in his last 71 at-bats.

Given that Cano is the Yankees’ best player, there’s not going to be any benching him. He’ll just have to hit his way out of the slump, something that figures to be pretty difficult with the Tigers throwing Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer the next two games. Cano has hit .226 with no homers in 31 at-bats against Verlander. He’s 2-for-11 with a homer against Scherzer.

  1. number42is1 - Oct 14, 2012 at 7:31 PM

    So they will be in a 3-0 hole before CC ever gets the ball. Awesome.
    So i think it’s a given that Kevin Long is a goner after this season. What do you think about girardi? I say that if this continues then he’s also gone. I just hope this doesn’t turn into the 2011/2012 sox situation.

    • vallewho - Oct 14, 2012 at 8:00 PM

      Girardi is safe, but K.L. has to go. He has been riding the praises of “fixing” C. Granderson for how long now? game over.

      -Could not help Martin all year long.
      -Could not get Tex to even try hit anything to the left side when hitting left-handed. Forget about dropping a bunt. But Tex deserves most of the blame on this as he lied about even trying to do something about it.
      -A. Jones was a complete disaster the entire second half.
      -With A. Rodriguez, a different bat, a different approach, a different something is clearly necessary.
      -With Granderson, where’s the magic touch? The point is to make contact.
      -Swish had a couple of 0-25 slumps, but otherwise had a normal Swish year.
      -Cano is in his prime and seems to work through his own issues. Maybe calling his dad.
      -Jeter, the best hitter on the team this year, has a track record from all I can remember of NOT working with K.L.
      -Wasn’t even going to mention Ichiro and his second half surge because K.L. certainly can’t do $&^%^$ with Ichiro.

      • greymares - Oct 14, 2012 at 8:26 PM

        how the hell did they win the division, you Yankee fans are a joke. I’m undecided if i want to see a sweep or have the Yankees lose on the last out of the 9th innining of game 7 on a bad call.

      • weaselpuppy - Oct 14, 2012 at 8:56 PM

        Russell Martin is a terrible hitter, contact and average wise…what was he gonna do? Upgrade him to .220 and call that success?

        Tex is a soon to be 35 yr old guy, entering decline phase…who has what, 5 more years at $22m? heh.

        AJones is a roid ravaged, much smaller hat size shell of his former self. Drugs are bad, mmmmkay? He’s about out of gas/juice/whatever

        A Rod? See above. Decline phase, roid reversal, 5 more years of an asstastic contract.

        Grandy is my guy…but he took bad routes even when he was athletic enough to look good playing CF. Tweaking his swing to be a one dimensional 230 hitter is success? Hope he finds a new club and has a few more years like the late 00s

        Swish is what he is….a really nice player…it’s his walk rate decline that is the issue….he’l get overpaid somewhere

        Cano is a stud. Studs egnerally don’t get visited by the HC….Cabby barely knows what Lloyd McClendon looks like even after 6 years….ditto Jeter on this.

        Look, it’s a poorly constructed team that wins because they have near unlimited payroll. It’s gonna self destruct despite that in about 2 years when they have to eat ARoid and Tex’s deals and can’t find cheap pitching to fill in behind CC and Pineda…that’s if they keep Soriano and have a closer….

      • vallewho - Oct 14, 2012 at 9:02 PM

        the team wins / has won despite the flaws. it doesn’t mean they are not there. But there’s always a tipping point.

        I can be a fan and also be critical. I’m not sure what team you follow, or what team you are a “fan” of, but you should probably demand more.

  2. kiopta1 - Oct 14, 2012 at 7:34 PM

    Go Tigers. Verlander is up.

  3. vallewho - Oct 14, 2012 at 7:34 PM

    THIS: Kevin Long is a goner after this season

    • yournuts - Oct 14, 2012 at 10:32 PM

      There is no way Kevin Long is gone.You don’t just go out and change a hitting coach. Kevin Long has been lights out. It is time for the players to step up. Just because the Yankees have lost the first two games means nothing. Remember when we had the Red Sox down three games to zero and they came back to take the series? It is only two games? The world hasn’t ended. We had a good year, it is not over, have faith, they shall shake out of it.

      • vallewho - Oct 14, 2012 at 10:46 PM

        I know they can and hope they can pull it out, despite any outcome at this point, the issues that are apparent will not go away. Something will change

  4. proudlycanadian - Oct 14, 2012 at 7:36 PM

    Still a small sample size. He is not the only Yankee who is hitting poorly.

    • dcfan4life - Oct 14, 2012 at 9:49 PM

      Even Alex Rodriguez got a hit. When half the team is hitting barely over .100 in the postseason and you still stand out for your poor performance, well that says a lot.

  5. steviep23 - Oct 14, 2012 at 7:36 PM

    Don’t worry you’ll have arod for another 5 years.

  6. Kevin Gillman - Oct 14, 2012 at 7:44 PM

    See, now he should have chosen Billy Butler for his AL team in the Home Run Derby. Then he wouldn’t be 0-26.

    • greymares - Oct 14, 2012 at 8:21 PM

      listening to the crowd i thought he was in K.C. today. lol.

      • Kevin Gillman - Oct 14, 2012 at 8:34 PM

        LOL…if Yankee Stadium wasn’t quiet, they were booing. Kuroda pitched his heart out tonight though, he didn’t deserve this loss.

  7. xjokerz - Oct 14, 2012 at 8:19 PM

    i heard cano was being traded to the tigers for Omar and Valverde..

  8. yankeesjetsknicksrangers - Oct 14, 2012 at 8:34 PM

    I’m sorry Matthew Pouliot but the longest Postseason hitless streak is 42 AB from 1995 to 2000, and is held by Dan Wilson.

    Source: Baseball Reference

    • Matthew Pouliot - Oct 14, 2012 at 8:43 PM

      Thanks! I updated. Cano’s record is for a single postseason.

    • greymares - Oct 14, 2012 at 8:51 PM

      he still has time to get that. lol.

  9. sabatimus - Oct 14, 2012 at 9:19 PM


  10. drewsylvania - Oct 14, 2012 at 9:22 PM

    We’re going to fire Kevin Long because Cashman fields a team full of old farts?

  11. heathater4lifeson - Oct 14, 2012 at 9:46 PM

    Yankees- they gone.

  12. richwizl - Oct 14, 2012 at 9:55 PM

    He goes from red hot to ice cold; almost unbelievable! Now we see why they say baseball is a very humbling game.

  13. jwbiii - Oct 15, 2012 at 12:52 AM

    Nix to 2B, Rodriguez to SS, Chavez to 3B, Cano to LO. This is no time for half measures.

  14. lumpyf - Oct 15, 2012 at 11:15 AM

    It’s called the law of averages. I hate to see a guy on a playoff team I like go on a long tear at the end of the regular season. Of course, this being a Yankee player, I’m loving it!

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