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Miguel Cabrera is better than Matt Capps

May 27, 2012, 5:35 PM EDT

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We knew this already, though, right?

With a man on in the top of the ninth, Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera took an 0-2 fastball from Matt Capps to dead center for his ninth homer Sunday, giving the Tigers a 4-3 lead they wouldn’t relinquish in a victory over the Twins.

It was the first blown save for Capps in 10 chances this year, so he didn’t really deserve the boos he received from the Target Field crowd. Sometimes you just get beat, and when it’s a talent like Cabrera administering the whipping, you shake your head and move on.

Of course, there’s plenty of lingering resentment in Minnesota over Capps’ 2011 performance. He blew nine saves in just 24 chances last year.

Cabrera’s homer capped a three-RBI day. He second in the AL with 40 RBI even though he hasn’t really gotten hot at any point yet this season. Indeed, his OPS is down about 150 points from where he finished 2010 and ’11.

The Tigers were in position to take the lead because of an outstanding leaping catch made by center fielder Quintin Berry to end the eighth, stranding an insurance run on third. Twins announcer Dick Bremer twice labeled it “one of the best catches you’ll ever see.” And the catch itself was outstanding. On the other hand, his jump off the bat and his route to the ball were anything but. A better center fielder likely would have made the play look a lot easier.

  1. natstowngreg - May 27, 2012 at 6:27 PM

    Earth rotates on its axis, fish swim, …

  2. jhorton83 - May 27, 2012 at 6:55 PM

    If we’re listing players better than Matt Capps, well… that’s going to be a pretty long list…

  3. 69jaredallen69 - May 27, 2012 at 7:13 PM

    Capps? I thought his last name was Crapps as he certainly does that all too often on the mound

  4. mplsjoe - May 27, 2012 at 8:04 PM

    “[Capps] didn’t really deserve the boos he received from the Target Field crowd.”

    Yes he did.

  5. ndnut - May 27, 2012 at 8:06 PM

    Fatt Crapps is a bad pitcher in a terrible bullpen. I’d sooner see Ben Revere’s noodle arm take over the closer position than see Crapps pitch another inning in a Twins uniform. Why on earth did Billy Smith keep this guy over Nathan. If price was the issue, Glen Perkins didn’t do half bad as a closer last year and would have cost the same or less! We just don’t like Fatty C in Twins Territory because he does not belong in the Majors. His pitches have no movement, making the times the bat hit the ball guaranteed to be at least a flyball. Usually a long flyball and sometimes a home run.

    • Bryz - May 28, 2012 at 9:39 AM

      Perkins didn’t do half bad as a closer last year…

      You mean he didn’t do bad with the TWO saves he recorded last year?

  6. xjokerz - May 27, 2012 at 9:21 PM

    I like this went from praising miggy to trashing berry, as if he didn’t go 3-4 with a walk 2 runs scored and 2 stolen bases … Continue

  7. philliesblow - May 28, 2012 at 12:06 AM

    Cabrera batter than Capps? Si, Motherf***er!

  8. greej1938l - May 28, 2012 at 12:21 AM

    Real classy headline

  9. xjokerz - May 28, 2012 at 1:29 AM

    It’s true … Who cares about class. Facts are facts

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