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Miguel Cabrera inching towards AL home run lead

Jun 1, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

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Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera sent a grand slam deep into the left field seats in the fourth inning this afternoon against the Orioles, his 17th home run on the season. Current leader Chris Davis, sitting on 19 homers, did not leave the confines of Camden Yards today. Cabrera already leads the American League in batting average (.369) and runs batted in (65) as he attempts to repeat as a Triple Crown winner. Cabrera became the first player since Carl Yastrzemski in 1967 to achieve the Triple Crown.

The Tigers’ 10-run output this afternoon — thanks to homers from Cabrera, Victor Martinez, Jhonny Peralta, Alex Avila, and Prince Fielder — boosts their runs per game average to 5.24, an MLB-best mark.

  1. elwaysmilehighdenver - Jun 1, 2013 at 8:07 PM

    Miggy continues to tear the leather off the ball. Best offensive player in MLB. Back to back triple crowns?

  2. randygnyc - Jun 1, 2013 at 8:23 PM

    He’s so much better than everyone else, that there shouldn’t even be a second place. If he wins the triple crown again, they should name the award after him.

    • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Jun 1, 2013 at 8:42 PM

      Really? Yes, he’s having a pretty amazing year, but so far so is Chris Davis. There is a big drop off after the final two, and who knows if either will keep it up all year, but give Chris credit.

      1 Cabrera, M 17 65 .369 .445 .676 1.121
      2 Davis, C 19 51 .354 .439 .738 1.178

      • normcash - Jun 1, 2013 at 9:50 PM

        Davis is having a career year—in a band box ballpark. Imagine what Cabrera’s numbers
        would be if he got to play half his games in Camden Yards!

      • rufuscornpone - Jun 1, 2013 at 11:51 PM

        Umm…looking at Park Factors over the past several years, Camden is slightly less of a hitters park the Comerica.

        But hey, don’t let facts that are incredibly easy to look up sully your narrative.

      • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:15 PM

        Blaming the ballpark makes sense, until you take a half a second and realize that Davis is hitting better on the road than he is at home.

        Splits AB R H 2B HR RBI SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
        Home 98 18 34 6 8 20 27 .347 .411 .653 1.064
        Road 97 23 35 12 11 31 26 .361 .466 .825 1.291

        So, yea, if they are hitting well, blame the “Band Box” ballpark, but when the team isn’t hitting well, blame the players. You can’t have it both ways. Over the years, Camden Yards has proven that it’s not really a hitters park, nor is it a pitchers park. It’s just average, right down the middle compared to the rest of the league.

        Also, I never was diminishing what Cabrera has been doing the past two seasons, simply saying you can’t say there is no other hitter that comes near his skill, as several players are having very good seasons thus far, and they should be given credit as well. (AdditionallyTroy Tulowitzki and Paul Goldschmidt should get their day in the sun).

  3. proudlycanadian - Jun 1, 2013 at 8:28 PM

    Another great season by Cabrera. By scoring 10 runs, Detroit was able to win easily without using Valverde.

  4. randygnyc - Jun 1, 2013 at 8:55 PM

    Except Cabrera isn’t having a career much different than years past. Davis is an average player. playing out of his mind

    • tc4306 - Jun 1, 2013 at 9:59 PM

      Davis is only 27…just the age when a player enters his prime. He’s been a well regarded prospect for a few years and last year was the first year he got a chance to play regularly. What we’re seeing may well be sustainable for the next three or four years.

      • beachnbaseball - Jun 2, 2013 at 9:40 AM

        Davis is on PED’s. He’ll test positive soon.

  5. chill1184 - Jun 1, 2013 at 9:46 PM

    Unreal, I hope he keeps it up

  6. historiophiliac - Jun 1, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    I find it annoying that whenever we start talking about how good Miggy is, it seems like comparisons have to be made. I really hate that game.

    PS Don’t forget to #VoteVerlander for the HR Derby!

    • normcash - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:38 AM

      The Verlander thing is no doubt all in good fun…but it reminds of when I was in high school
      back in the 60s and a bunch of seniors decided it would be great fun to pool their votes and
      elect an exceptionally homely girl to the homecoming court. They succeeded–to the great
      embarrassment of everyone—especially the girl. I mean—what if JV won! On the other hand,
      he couldn’t worse than Brandon Inge several years ago.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 2, 2013 at 10:18 AM

        I think the key is to not have Robbie Cano’s dad pitch to him.

  7. normcash - Jun 1, 2013 at 11:59 PM

    Hey rufuscornpone….”park factors” over “the last several years” would include some weak Orioles
    teams. Furthermore, “park factors” will have zero effect on singles and doubles…but enormous effect
    on HRs, where Comerica is CLEARLY and pitcher’s park compared with Camden Yards. But don’t
    let your inability to analyze data interfere with your silly narrative!

  8. ncm42 - Jun 2, 2013 at 12:20 AM

    Jason Hammel…wtf

    • beachnbaseball - Jun 2, 2013 at 9:41 AM

      Hammel is a punk. And Buck defending him is BS.

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