Look at the bright side. It's just a week before Robinson Cano's 30th birthday, and very soon he's likely to ask for a $200 million present.

All together now: That's rich.

"But I deserve it," he'll say.

"But you make me want to break things with my face," Hal Steinbrenner will reply.

It's hard to know what he deserves at this point. We only know that he is supposed to be the face of this franchise by now — in fact, this postseason was to mark such a coronation. We also know that baseball folks say that second basemen decline faster than any other position players, an unfortunate coincidence given that this guy seems eager to match the freefall record held by Wile E. Coyote.

In seven postseason games, he's hitting .063. So the only distinction is one of infamy: He's now failed to get a hit in his past 26 at-bats, the longest streak in one postseason in baseball history. Go ahead, pay $200 million for that. It's not like the Yankees have ever made a mistake on a $200 million contract before.

"I'm swinging good," Cano said, about 75 minutes after the Yankees were bleached by Anibal Sanchez, 3-0, in Game 2 of the American League Championship Series. "It's just not falling. That's not the kind of thing I'm gonna put my head down (about). I've been in that situation before."