DETROIT -- With Monday's 454-foot drive into the center-field shrubs, Miguel Cabrera has as many home runs on 0-2 counts (three) as he does on 3-1 counts, and more than he does on full counts (one).
However, Cabrera has just eight hits all season on 0-2 pitches. The fact that he has three doubles and three homers out of those eight hits means he's at least making the most of what he gets when he's behind in the count. In fact, he has almost as many hits as strikeouts (10) when he's down, 0-2.
Those are the nuggets to be seen in Cabrera's batting splits for the season. They don't necessarily reveal any particular strategy, but they show that even in situations when most hitters would be shortening swings or fouling off pitches, Cabrera is a different kind of player.
One would figure that Cabrera would be looking for a simple hit when he gets to two strikes. And to be fair, out of his 14 hits on 1-2 counts, just six have gone for extra bases, all of them doubles. His 0-2 pitch from Ivan Nova on Monday, however, was low and over the strike zone, right where he can extend his arms and drive the ball.