Something to track with Cabrera tonight

While Max Scherzer’s Tigers debut is a pretty big deal tonight for those following the game, there’s a little bit of history on the line whenever Miguel Cabrera steps to the plate against Royals starter Luke Hochevar. Cabrera has hits in his last eight plate appearances against Hochevar dating back to May 14, 2008. Hochevar struck out Cabrera his first time up in that game, and Cabrera has been perfect against him ever since — two hits in that game, 3-for-3 on July 21, 2008, then 3-for-3 last August 15.

Trent McCotter at SABR went through the work of looking through Tigers games on Retrosheet since 1954, as far as the necessary records go back. According to his research, Cabrera’s 8-for-8 streak is tied for the longest run of consecutive hits a Tigers hitter has had against an individual pitcher in that time. The list …

HITS – BATTER VS. PITCHER, YEARS
8 – Harvey Kuenn vs. Dick Donovan, all in 1958
8 – Al Kaline vs. Bill Monbouquette, 1961-63
8 – Lou Whitaker vs. Charles Nagy, 1994-95
8 – Miguel Cabrera vs. Luke Hochevar, 2008-09

Much thanks to Mr. McCotter for the information. He also passes along that the Major League record for consecutive hits is held by Don Hoak, who went 13-for-13 with two walks against Joe Nuxhall from 1956-60.

What also stands out about Cabrera’s streak is the type of hits. Cabrera doesn’t have a home run against Hochevar. His only extra-base hit off him is a double. The other seven hits were singles, including an infield grounder last August.

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