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Tigers beat Royals to clinch AL Central

Oct 1, 2012, 11:07 PM EDT

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The White Sox emphatically defeated the Indians 11-0 on Monday night, but it wasn’t nearly enough. The Tigers came through to beat the Royals 6-3 to clinch the AL Central.

Miguel Cabrera went 4-for-5 with a homer in the win to move closer to the Triple Crown. He raised his average to .329, pushing him seven points ahead of Joe Mauer at .322 (Mauer went 1-for-5 tonight). The homer was his league-high 44th.

Jhonny Peralta also homered for Detroit. Prince Fielder went 4-for-5 in the cleanup spot.

Aiding the Tigers’ cause was Jeff Francoeur. He threw a big wrench into a potential sixth-inning  rally by hitting into a double play with the bases loaded and none out. He later singled in a run in the eighth, only to get thrown out trying to take second. It took the Royals out of an inning in which they should have had two on with two out.

The loss leaves Kansas City 71-89. Unless the Royals claim the next two games — perhaps a possibility with the Tigers having nothing to play for — they’ll lose 90 games for the fourth straight year and the 10th time since 2001.

  1. historiophiliac - Oct 1, 2012 at 11:14 PM

    Waaaaaaahooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. philliesblow - Oct 1, 2012 at 11:15 PM

    Gettin’ Miggy with it!

    • historiophiliac - Oct 1, 2012 at 11:46 PM

      While the team was in the clubhouse spraying champagne, Miggy was on the field with the fans celebrating.

  3. randygnyc - Oct 1, 2012 at 11:17 PM

    Um, Cabrera clinched the MVP along with the central division. He hits his 44th homerun. Opens up the BA lead, up to .329 and collected his 200 hit of the season in the process. But most importantly is that he carried the tigers on his back and singlehandedly dragged them into the playoffs. Trout will win ROY and he should be happy with a nice season.

    • rynev - Oct 1, 2012 at 11:28 PM

      Miguel Cabrera has had a fantastic season, but let’s not get carried away and say he “singlehandedly dragged them into the playoffs.” Justin Verlander led the league in innings pitched, strikeouts, and complete games and was second in ERA and WHIP. Even if you’re just talking about recently, Fielder was also 4-5 in this game and hit a 2-run HR yesterday to give the Tigers a crucial win in a game in which Cabrera was 0-3. Cabrera is one of the best players in the league and is having a season that features a statistical oddity we haven’t seen in quite a while, but he isn’t doing the only one contributing to the Tigers wins.

    • jl9830 - Oct 1, 2012 at 11:33 PM

      Playoffs have nothing to do with it. Angels > Tigers. As good as Cabrera is, he doesn’t get credit for the Tigers being lucky and playing in the AL Central while the Angels play in the AL West. The Angels have a better record in a tougher division than the Tigers.

      • philliesblow - Oct 1, 2012 at 11:42 PM

        Tigers: 42 – 28 vs AL Central, 13 – 20 vs AL West, 21 – 18 vs AL East
        Angels: 25 -20 vs AL Central, 29 – 25 vs AL West, 22 – 20 vs AL East

        Shouldn’t the Angels have a much better record vs the Central if that division is so weak?

      • Francisco (FC) - Oct 2, 2012 at 12:00 AM

        There’s one thing that bothers me… obviously the Tigers don’t play against THEMSELVES in that division. And they get to play MORE games against the central teams than the Angels do.

      • baseballisboring - Oct 2, 2012 at 3:02 AM

        Philliesblow: No. The Tigers didn’t have to play themselves. They got to split 70 games between the White Sox, Twins, Indians and Royals. The White Sox were the only other good team. The Angels split 54 between the Rangers, A’s and Mariners. They had a tougher schedule and STILL won more games than the Tigers.

    • thefalcon123 - Oct 1, 2012 at 11:59 PM

      ” But most importantly is that he carried the tigers on his back and singlehandedly dragged them into the playoffs. ”

      Yeah! Fuck you Prince Fielder, Justin Verlander, and Austin Jackson. I mean, you were all awesome and all, but you still had nothing to do with the Tigers making the postseason.

    • nategearhart - Oct 2, 2012 at 12:19 AM

      Hyperbole is the greatest thing ever.

      • historiophiliac - Oct 2, 2012 at 9:43 AM

        ever

  4. braddavery - Oct 1, 2012 at 11:17 PM

    So now that the Tigers have made the playoffs, if the Angels do not, is this, along with the Triple Crown, enough to boost Cabrera over Trout for A.L. MVP?

    • baseballisboring - Oct 2, 2012 at 1:46 AM

      I don’t think it was ever a question. Cabrera’s had the more prevalent narrative all along. I’d much rather see Trout win but what are ya gonna do. At least we get to see history, and a likely HoF bound slugger in his prime.

      • braddavery - Oct 2, 2012 at 2:56 AM

        Oh it certainly WAS a question. Trout has been hailed the hands-down A.L. MVP for months now. Are you kidding me. Cabrera just in the last week has pushed ahead and was never going to win without the Tigers making the playoffs, the Angels not making the playoffs and getting the Triple Crown. All the pieces fell into place at just the right time for him.

  5. dawgpoundmember - Oct 1, 2012 at 11:18 PM

    Si! Motherf*cker!

  6. philliesblow - Oct 1, 2012 at 11:36 PM

    Miggy has had a great season regardless of what the writers decide. If it has to be one or the other, I’d take the Triple Crown over the MVP. There are 2 MVP’s every year. There hasn’t been a hitting Triple Crown in 45 years and only 12 in all of baseball history. But if the writers do pick Trout based on WAR, then they better be consistent and give JV the Cy Young because his WAR is higher than Price, Weaver and Hernandez.

  7. witeman10 - Oct 1, 2012 at 11:49 PM

    I guess according to “science” there is no such thing as clutch. but if there was, i’d say going 4-for-5 with a dinger in a division clinching game is pretty clutch. especially cuz it also may result in a triple crown.

    no such thing as clutch tho right?

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Oct 2, 2012 at 12:05 AM

      Yes, a one game sample size vs 15 years of data disproves it. Now, want to buy my “guaranteed-to-land-on-head’s” quarter for $500?

      • witeman10 - Oct 2, 2012 at 12:32 AM

        u r especially sensitive about science my friend. would u like a taste of miguel cabrera’s creamy clutch goo?

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Oct 2, 2012 at 1:04 AM

        Oh sweet, gay jokes. Glad to know your stay will be short here…

      • Old Gator - Oct 2, 2012 at 6:41 AM

        Lowlife trailer trash illiterate juvenile twitter jokes, no less. You have to figure it isn’t even that this moron doesn’t realize he isn’t limited to 140 characters here. He actually can’t spell any better than that.

    • thefalcon123 - Oct 2, 2012 at 12:10 AM

      Is this post a joke, because it kind of made me laugh.

      Your proof of clutch is to find one game in which a player goes 4-5 and then sarcastically write that clutch doesn’t exist? Really dude?

      Those who argue against clutch are saying that statisically, no player is consistently better or worse in a “clutch” situation. In a small enough sample, you can find any crazy stats you like. I mean, Pete Kozma has a .975 OPS right now.

      What you will find is that most players are basically the same in clutch situations as they are every other situation. Cabrera himself has a career .955 OPS, a .900 OPS in “late and close” situations, a .969 OPS with 2 out and runners in scoring position and a .968 OPS with runners in scoring position regardless of outs.

      One more for the road, Mr. Clutch himself David Ortiz
      Career OPS: .928
      RISP: .939
      2 Out, RISP: .949
      Late and Close: .890

      • nategearhart - Oct 2, 2012 at 12:27 AM

        He had me at ‘I guess according to “science”…’
        That said though, you’re better off arguing with a wall. The hyperbole with the Cabrera business has gotten so bad lately that most of the regular Cabrera for MVP supporters around here are willing to completely disregard the season-long contributions of the entire rest of the Tigers in order to claim that their being in the playoffs is solely because of Miguel Cabrera.
        “science”…

      • witeman10 - Oct 2, 2012 at 12:55 AM

        u r the most sensitive.

        okay, so answer this…pujols hitting 3 home runs in a world series game. would you at least say that’s kind of clutch? or does he hit 3 home runs in a game all the time?

        also, explain a-rods post season numbers and how that doesn’t equal anti-clutch…

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Oct 2, 2012 at 1:03 AM

        also, explain a-rods post season numbers and how that doesn’t equal anti-clutch…

        Player A
        Regular – .300/.384/.560 – .945
        Post – .277/.386/.498 – .884

        Player B
        Regular – .313/.382/.448 – .830
        Post – .307/.374/.465 – .839

        One you think is unclutch, one people refer to as Captain Clutch. Is there really a difference? Or is 6.5% decrease enough?

      • nategearhart - Oct 2, 2012 at 1:10 AM

        It’s amazing how wrapped up in narratives you are.
        Arod’s postseason numbers: 68 games, .277 BA, .386 OBP, .498 SLG, .884 OPS, 69 hits, 13 HR, 37 BB, 63 Ks, 5 (5!) GIDP. So now the onus is on you to tell us what is wrong with those numbers.

      • thefalcon123 - Oct 2, 2012 at 9:51 AM

        “okay, so answer this…pujols hitting 3 home runs in a world series game. would you at least say that’s kind of clutch? or does he hit 3 home runs in a game all the time?”

        This is the exact kind of selective data I was talking about. Yep, Pujols hit 3 home runs in a game. But in games 1,2,4,5,6,7, he hit a whopping .053. Does that him not clutch at all? I mean, does he hit .053 every game?

    • witeman10 - Oct 2, 2012 at 12:30 AM

      u guys r really sensitive about science…

      clutch

      • Old Gator - Oct 2, 2012 at 6:43 AM

        Whereas u r really intent on demonstrating what an illiterate moron u r.

  8. papichulo55 - Oct 1, 2012 at 11:54 PM

    Bad news for us Yankee fans….

  9. natstowngreg - Oct 2, 2012 at 12:02 AM

    Congrats to the Tigers.

  10. brewcrewfan54 - Oct 2, 2012 at 12:55 AM

    Wow did the White Sox ever crap the bed.

  11. florida727 - Oct 2, 2012 at 7:43 AM

    Lifelong White Sox fan here. Grew up within walking distance of the park. All I can say is congratulations to the Tigers. We had our chances and didn’t deliver. Disappointing series against the Rays did us in. Hope Miggie now gets the Triple Crown. Good luck in the playoffs boys. Will be watching of course.

  12. legacybroken - Oct 2, 2012 at 7:49 AM

    We just need to stop trying to change the sabrheads minds. They have their minds made up that Trout deserves it and us traditionalists support Miggy. It will be up to BBWAA MVP voters to decide though alot of them still prefer the traditional stats which should help Miggy especially if he holds onto the Triple Crown. All I ask of the sabrheads is that if Miggy wins that they don’t spend all offseason whinining that Miggy won. And traditionalists should likewise not whine if Trout wins.

    • plseattle - Oct 2, 2012 at 9:26 AM

      agreed…. they’ve both had amazing seasons so it’s not going to be a travesty if either of them wins but i think miggy has it locked up at this point. voters bias is toward players on teams who made the playoffs and of course they’ll put on their RBI glasses.

  13. knackstermyea - Oct 2, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    Hey White Sox annoucers…….U GONE!!!

  14. weaselpuppy - Oct 2, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    Remember this is the 25th Anniversary of the worst f*cking in an MVP vote when Alan Trammel, on the division winners lost to George Bell, on the team that lost to Trammell’s Tigers by having Trammell and Crew sweep Bell’s Jays the last 3 games ofthe year to win by 1 game….

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