By now you know the top offenders.
Eric Chavez: .000/.000/.000 — 8 strikeouts
Robinson Cano: .075/.098/.125 — 6 strikeouts
Curtis Granderson: .100/.182/.200 — 16 strikeouts
Alex Rodriguez: .120/.185/.120 — 12 strikeouts
Russell Martin: .161/.235/.290 — 5 strikeouts
Nick Swisher: .167/.235/.233 — 10 strikeouts
Rodriguez might have generated the most publicity, but the most surprising name on that list is Cano.
“That one is kind of baffling for me,” Joe Girardi said. “Because we have seen the type of hitter that Robbie Cano is. For him to struggle as long as he did — and it seems a lot longer than it actually was, we’re talking about nine games — but to see it, it’s pretty difficult for me to understand.”
Why so difficult? Because Cano hit .313/.379/.550 with the highest OPS of his career this year. He capped the regular season by hitting .615/.628/1.026 in the final nine games, and in the previous two postseasons, he hit .333/.367/.737 with six home runs in 14 games.
This seemed to be Cano’s year to carry the Yankees, not the year he would drag them down.
“It’s hard to say (what happened),” Brian Cashman said. “He’s healthy. A lot of guys in our lineup got cold at a really bad time, at the wrong time of year. Robbie certainly was one of them, among others. I know Alex gets a lot of publicity, but there’s a lot of pother people. This gets spread around. You lose as a team. Not one guy put us in the position where we are today, which is going home.”
So what to make of Cano’s postseason? Probably not very much, because I’m not sure there’s anything definitive in his numbers. His postseason stats have fluctuated from year to year, and so have his numbers with runners in scoring position. What’s remained fairly constant are his big-picture, 162-game stats from the past four years. He’s an elite player, who had an unbelievably bad postseason.
“I don’t know, otherwise I would have fixed it right away,” Cano said. “I didn’t do my job.”
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