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Miguel Cabrera is doing things that haven’t been done before

Jun 1, 2013, 10:38 AM EDT

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Tigers’ slugger Miguel Cabrera wrapped up his fantastic May by going 2-for-4 with a two-run homer and a walk last night against the Orioles. He ended up batting .379/.450/.698 with 12 home runs and 33 RBI in 28 games during the month. By contrast, the Royals hit just 14 home runs as a team for the entire month.

Coming off his Triple Crown season, Cabrera will enter June with a .372 batting average to go along with 16 home runs and 61 RBI through 53 games. Not only is that a ridiculous pace, it’s also historic.

Wow. Just to put things in perspective, Cabrera was hitting .323 with 11 home runs and 44 RBI through his first 53 games last season. Those are some pretty fantastic numbers, but he’s on another level so far this year.

  1. dawgpoundmember - Jun 1, 2013 at 10:42 AM


  2. jpm557 - Jun 1, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    Draft Braun over Cabrera they said… He steals bases they said

    • historiophiliac - Jun 1, 2013 at 11:12 AM

      Braun does have 2 more SB than Miggy so far this year.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 1, 2013 at 12:39 PM

        Did people really miss the /s there? Ok, then. Braun has 3 stolen bases for the year. Miggy has 1. Does that help?

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 1, 2013 at 11:13 AM

      I went with Miggy over Trout.

      • Kevin Gillman - Jun 1, 2013 at 9:20 PM

        Me too, he’s doing very well for my team.

  3. mungman69 - Jun 1, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    Muggy just smiles and hits de ball.

    • mazblast - Jun 1, 2013 at 1:55 PM

      “Hitting ees not that tough. See dee ball, heet dee ball.”–Tony Perez

  4. chill1184 - Jun 1, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    Am I the only one who would love to see him get the Triple Crown again?

    • indaburg - Jun 1, 2013 at 12:02 PM

      Absolutely, but what he is doing is even more amazing than the Triple Crown. The Triple Crown just has a snazzy name.

      That said, I do bow before his Divine Majesty.

      • detroittiger - Jun 1, 2013 at 3:22 PM

        Agree, I also bow before his divine majesty

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Jun 2, 2013 at 4:19 AM

      Go directly to Cooperstown, do not pass Go, but do collect an extra $20,000,000 if you like.

  5. xjokerz - Jun 1, 2013 at 12:28 PM


    • zzalapski - Jun 1, 2013 at 12:56 PM

      Si, motherfucker.

  6. dondada10 - Jun 1, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    The Prince Fielder signing was a masterstroke. Now the best hitter in the game is pitched to on a regular basis, and look at what’s happening.

  7. Mark - Jun 1, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    I’ll just throw this out there because it’s somewhat interesting – Cabrera might have some competition for best hitter in the league.

    Miggy – 372/446/670, 198 wRC+
    Chris Davis – 356/442/749, 210 wRC+

    But Cabrera has been absolutely insane with RISP – 515/588/924. I mean, Davis has his best numbers with RISP, and they’re quite good at 404/493/788. Cabrera has been out of this world with guys in scoring position.

    And yeah, it’s pretty cool Cabrera has those numbers heading into June.

    • joerymi - Jun 1, 2013 at 7:07 PM

      One gigantic difference: Chris Davis has never hit .300 in the majors, never had an OBP .340 or above, or SLG over .550. Miguel Cabrera does that sort of thing annually. Cabrera is older and started in the bigs at a younger age, so perhaps it isn’t fair, but…

      Davis will have to do it for a couple seasons before he is actually contending for the “best hitter in baseball” title.

  8. mazblast - Jun 1, 2013 at 2:02 PM

    It’s interesting that you don’t hear much about how his defense at third “cripples the team”, as we heard endlessly after Fielder was signed. Even the so-called “statheads” are silent about it now. Why is that?

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jun 1, 2013 at 2:13 PM

      You make it seem like his defense would create a giant void of suck that would alter the infield, a la a black hole. However, his defense has been awful, as predicted. He was at -9.5 UZR last year and has put up a -7.5 so far this year. That’s 4th worst in all of baseball since the start of ’12.

      • mazblast - Jun 2, 2013 at 1:09 PM

        This is one of those times when the “stathead” delegation just won’t admit that their precious computer programs are WRONG because they don’t take things in context. I doubt that anyone in Detroit (or the world, for that matter) gives a hoot about his UZR right now other than a few Beane counters. Perhaps I’m wrong, but I think his offense contributes just a wee freaking bit more than his defense gives back.

    • tycobbfromfangraphs - Jun 2, 2013 at 8:38 PM

      Sabermetricians have always considered defense to be over-rated, just like stealing bases. They make an attempt to quantify it, but the community has always considered a good bat is worth much more than defense the player provides.

      So I guess that why they have been silent, you see they were saying “stick Miggy at 3rd and don’t worry about it”, while knuckleheads were predicting all hell breaking lose on the infield and pitchers losing their minds.

      Your whole post is a massive failure.

    • Detroit Michael - Jun 3, 2013 at 11:30 AM

      The statheads are silent because it hasn’t been a big issue. Using the Fielding Bible Runs Saved statistics, Cabrera was terrible at 3B in 2007 with the Marlins and in early 2008 when Jim Leyland and the Tigers mercifully moved him off of 3B. I was skeptical whether switching back to 3B years later would be successful, but it has been.

      Cabrera has been 9 runs below an average MLB third baseman during about 1-1/3 seasons there. That’s not great, but it easily is worth the trade off to get Prince Fielder’s bat into the line-up.

      Don’t know what’s up with your attitude about statheads. When the evidence changes or new evidence emerges, then we should change our conclusions. I think Cabrera got plenty of publicity for successfully switching back to 3B.

  9. jasjbb - Jun 1, 2013 at 2:15 PM

    Yeah, he’s on another level alright…the same one Melky Cabrera was on last year…and the one Pujols was on for about 6 years in St Louis. An undetectable one…….at the moment.

    • Wesley Clark - Jun 1, 2013 at 5:57 PM

      I take it you have sort of evidence of your allegations? Oh, you don’t?

    • joerymi - Jun 1, 2013 at 10:04 PM

      Melky had a simalar Batting Avg through 53 last season, but the power numbers are significantly more for Miguel this season through 53, not to mention an OBP that is .031 points higher.

      Pujols in 2008 (Which I assume you meant, even if you were off a year) were simialar through 53, but 5 fewer HR. Slightly lower SLG and BA than Cabrera has now, but also a slightly higer OBP.

  10. El Bravo - Jun 1, 2013 at 2:56 PM


  11. drone501 - Jun 1, 2013 at 3:17 PM

    this guy is a complete monster. best player in the game.

    • nategearhart - Jun 1, 2013 at 4:53 PM

      Best *hitter* in the game.

    • mazblast - Jun 2, 2013 at 1:02 PM

      Gotta agree with nategearheart. Best hitter, not best player.

  12. dtownsports101 - Jun 1, 2013 at 5:36 PM

    just hit a grandslam…..

    • detroittiger - Jun 1, 2013 at 6:26 PM

      Great game so far, 3 home runs, Martinez, Peralta, Avila, then bases loaded with Miggy up and GRAND SLAM! WOW!

  13. dafern0560 - Jun 1, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    Simply put, Da best baseball hitter ever !!!!

    • nbjays - Jun 1, 2013 at 5:46 PM

      ‘Roided up Barry Bonds disagrees with you.

  14. mungman69 - Jun 1, 2013 at 5:44 PM

    He’s on pace for 195 rbi’s.

  15. insidefastball - Jun 1, 2013 at 6:01 PM

    Think of the numbers Bonds might have produced over an 8 year stretch had the Giants invested in a Prince Fielder caliber hitter to bat behind him…..even before he supposedly started using steroids in ’99 or ’00.

  16. stew48 - Jun 1, 2013 at 6:02 PM

    I am offended and insulted by two of the allowed comments. Censor, get to work for most unacceptable entries.

  17. jimbroney - Jun 1, 2013 at 11:08 PM

    Imagine if he wasn’t a booze hound.

    • mgv38 - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:05 PM

      Imagine if the Tigers didn’t enable his alcoholism. Great hitter, yes. Role model, not so much.

  18. wgray981 - Jun 2, 2013 at 12:14 AM


  19. barnesaintnoble - Jun 2, 2013 at 1:37 AM

    Miggy is a throwback player. He just has the body type of those sluggers from the 1910s and 1920s. And the drinking? You know those players had connections to drink during Prohibition (1920-33) For the record, he no longer drinks and you can see the extra weight came off. I know it bothers some people he doesn’t speak very good English and doesn’t really seem like he cares to learn, but I prefer a player who dominates and doesn’t feel the need to talk about it.

  20. jetsfan79 - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    If arod could figure out what steroids he’s using he would be just as good. Right now miggy is beating the shit out of his wife, he’s got more arrests for beating her up than home runs this year

  21. andyreidisfat - Jun 4, 2013 at 9:53 PM

    Best hitter in baseball. The only guy that’s can see the ball as well as Barry bonds (roids or not). These two guys are almost impossible to make look bad at the plate. Truly a must see tv kind of hitter.

    Really soft at third though. I also think what Davis in b-more and brown in Philly are doing should also be mentioned.

    I fully expect a great race between miggy and Davis for the al MVP this year. Davis I think is finally realizing his potential this season as far as power. He did slow up a hit but I still think he gives miggy a run, but when a guy wins his second triple crown in a row is going to be impossible to ignore. Won’t be shocked to see the best young player I have ever seen and maybe (because he does everything) the best player in baseball make a run again as well.

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