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Robinson Cano's lackluster offense biggest surprise

Robinson Cano looks down after an at-bat during

Robinson Cano looks down after an at-bat during Game 3 of the ALCS against the Detroit Tigers. (Oct. 16, 2012) Photo Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams, Jr.

DETROIT -- Few Yankee hitters did their jobs this postseason, but Robinson Cano's nosedive was by far the most perplexing.

To the second baseman most of all.

"I wish I would know. That way I would fix it right away," Cano said. "There's no explanation. I didn't do my job."

Cano finished the season red-hot, going 24-for-39. In nine playoff games, Cano went 3-for-40, which included going hitless in 29 straight at-bats.

"It's not a great feeling," Cano said. "You want to win. What it's all about is winning. If you don't do your job, you don't produce, you're not going to win."

Hitting coach Kevin Long saw the lineup over which he presides hit .157 in the ALCS. But if there was one hitter he had confidence in for the playoffs, it was Cano.

"He had a tough series," Long said. "Kind of like the series [for everyone], he just never got going. Coming into it, how did we all feel about it? Yeah, we felt great about it. Every ball that he hit hard was an out."

In referring to Cano, Joe Girardi used a word heard often throughout the last couple of weeks. "That one is kind of baffling for me because we have seen the type of hitter that Robbie Cano is," Girardi said. "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. Nine games during the course of the season, you say, 'Ah [no big deal].' But to see it, it's pretty difficult for me to understand."

Cano has a $15-million club option for 2013, but Brian Cashman said during the summer that he is open to perhaps going against team policy and discussing an extension (the general manager said he was open to doing so with Curtis Granderson, too.)

"I leave that to the front office," Cano said before again reflecting on a postseason gone wrong.

He added, "All I can say is . . . I'm going to be thinking about this the whole winter."

With Marc Carig

New York Sports