Beware of Robinson Cano.

Beware of his bat and his saga.

Cano, the Yankees' second baseman, is one of the most dangerous hitters in baseball. He closed his regular season on a hot streak: 24-for-39 (that's .615) with 10 extra-base hits, including three homers. He had 14 RBIs in that span.

Then the playoffs started, and the change in Cano has been amazing. It's as if Sir Laurence Olivier had suddenly quit performing Shakespeare and begun trying to perform the comedy of Charlie Chaplin.

In the Yankees' seven playoff games, Cano is 2-for-32. He is hitless in his last 26 at-bats. That's a record for the longest hitless streak by a player in one postseason year, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

In the American League Championship Series, Cano is 0-for-10 against the Tigers. Tonight at Comerica Park, the Yankees face right-hander Justin Verlander as he tries to give the Tigers a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.