With three home runs in Game Six of the 1977 World Series, Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson was dubbed “Mr. October”. But for the last ten years, you could almost call Miguel Cabrera by the same name.
Until Tuesday night.
With an 0-for-4 performance against the Boston Red Sox, the Detroit Tigers All-Star saw his streak of reaching base in an MLB-record 31-straight postseason games come to an end.
Yup…that’s every game since the Miami, er, Florida Marlins 2003 World Series run. And, yeah, we’re talking about all the postseason games the 2012 American League MVP has played with the Tigers.
Pretty amazing really.
More amazing, Tuesday night’s anemic performance was just the third time in 49 postseason games that the 30-year-old didn’t reach base.
Now, some perspective.
Just how impressive is reaching base in 31-straight postseason games? Consider this. According to High Heat Stats, next on the list is Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Chase Utley and his 27-game streak. After that…Baltimore Orioles favorite Boog Powell at 25 games.