beck.mlblogs.com wrote: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 [against the same pitcher] is held by Don Hoak, who went 13-for-13 with two walks against Joe Nuxhall from 1956-60.
Starting Scherzer for sure tonight... kinda disappointing he only got a 6/10 on the ESPN Daily Notes (easily my new favorite blog, btw). I was thinking his start would be at least an 8/10.
Hoch's got a 3/10, and they're giving Tigers hitters a 9/10 rating tonight (perfect 10 for lefties).
Interesting though that he didn't catch that latest streak by MCab. He mentions Damon as a favorable matchup, along with a few others around the league, but no mention of MCab completely owning this kid.