Miguel Cabrera's performance in Game 3 of the World Series will be remembered for what he didn't do in the fifth inning: As he stepped to the plate with the bases loaded and two out, the Tigers needed a double from the best hitter in baseball to take the lead and maybe transform the series.
He popped out to shortstop.
But what happened two innings later revealed more about the extent of his recent struggles: On a 91-mph fastball from Tim Lincecum, Cabrera shattered his bat on a ground ball to shortstop -- the baseball equivalent of Yo-Yo Ma breaking his bow.
"I don't remember the last time he did that," Tigers infielder Ramon Santiago said after San Francisco's second consecutive 2-0 blanking of Detroit. "He stays so good inside the ball. He always sees the ball. Even when the pitch is inside, he stays square and hits the ball on the sweet spot."
That's not happening now. Not for Cabrera. Not for fellow star Prince Fielder. Not for many -- any? -- of their teammates. The Tigers'...