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Miguel Cabrera slugs 40th home run, Tigers top Royals

Aug 18, 2013, 5:21 PM EST

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Max Scherzer surrendered just two runs over eight strong innings and Miguel Cabrera launched a two-run homer as the Tigers defeated the Royals 6-3 on Sunday afternoon at Detroit’s Comerica Park.

The performance netted Scherzer his 18th win — he is now 18-1 — and the home run was Cabrera’s 40th. Scherzer fanned four Kansas City hitters and issued no walks, throwing 76 of his 110 pitches for strikes. He owns a 2.82 ERA, 0.90 WHIP and 185/38 K/BB ratio in 172 1/3 innings this season and is in the hunt for the American League Cy Young Award with guys like Felix Hernandez, Yu Darvish and Chris Sale.

Cabrera, meanwhile, is looking for a second straight American League MVP Award and he has a decent shot at back-to-back Triple Crowns. The 30-year-old slugger boasts a lead in batting average (.360) over Mike Trout (.332) and in RBI (120) over Chris Davis (115). Cabrera trails Davis (45) in home runs by five.

The Tigers are 73-51 with a growing lead in the AL Central and the best run differential (+155) in the majors.

  1. aceshigh11 - Aug 18, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    This dude’s out of control.

    • dondada10 - Aug 18, 2013 at 5:42 PM

      Best right-handed hitter I’ve ever seen. Pujols is second.

      • nbjays - Aug 18, 2013 at 6:02 PM

        Then you didn’t see much of Pujols, considering his first 11 seasons pretty much own Miggy’s first 11 seasons… and it isn’t even particularly close. Miggy is the best right-handed hitter in the game right now, but that’s only since age caught up to Albert.

      • normcash - Aug 18, 2013 at 7:24 PM

        I’m a huge Tigers fan and I love Miggy, but they showed a graphic on today’s Tigers
        telecast comparing Miggy and Pujols in their first 1,230 games (or something like that)
        which demonstrated that Pujols had a higher BA, had more hits, more HRs, more RBIs
        and a higher OBP than Cabrera —and by decent margins in every category. Given how
        other-worldly Miggy’s been, it just shows what an amazing hitter Pujols was for 10 years before his body started to betray him.

      • eightyraw - Aug 18, 2013 at 9:26 PM

        Did you watch baseball in the ’90s or ’00s? Manny, McGwire, Frank Thomas, Bagwell, Edgar Martinez, Pujols …

      • eightyraw - Aug 18, 2013 at 11:27 PM

        Career wRC+ / Seasons with wRC+ above 150* / Seasons with wRC+ above 175*

        Miguel Cabrera: 153 / 5 / 2
        Albert Pujols: 161 / 10 / 2
        Manny Ramirez: 153 / 9 / 2
        Frank Thomas: 154 / 9 / 4
        Jeff Bagwell: 149 / 6 / 1
        Edgar Martinez: 147 / 8 / 1
        Mark McGwire: 157 / 9 / 3

        … and just for the hell of it, Barry Bonds: 173 /15 / 8

        *Both of these cutoffs are arbitrary.

      • ray0414 - Aug 19, 2013 at 12:38 AM

        heres the thing with pujols. pujols hit his prime at age 24-25(which is very very strange) cabrera is hitting his prime at 29-30 and showing no signs of slowing down. albert pujols has fell flat on his face!! i really think that guy was juicing in his mid 20s. even in his last year with the cardinals. he only batted .299 at age 29 or 30. if u compare what miggy is doing at age 30 compared to pujols, hes absolutely oblitterating him. im going to assume miggy has at least 3 great years left, which will make him better overall than pujols. cabera is on pace this year to beat all of pujols personal bests in BA, HR, and RBI. oh and he also missed 10 games.and will still beat him this year.

  2. proudlycanadian - Aug 18, 2013 at 5:46 PM

    MVP! MVP!

  3. imnotyourbuddyguy - Aug 18, 2013 at 5:46 PM

    If managers were as smart as some people make them out to be, Miggy would get about 600 walks per year

  4. proudlycanadian - Aug 18, 2013 at 5:49 PM

    18 and 1? That guy has just forgotten how to lose. What is wrong with him?

    How dare someone with a 2.82 ERA force himself into the Cy Young discussion?

  5. randygnyc - Aug 18, 2013 at 6:08 PM

    Detroit as is will be tough to beat this year. If JV returns to form I’ll be betting on them to make the fall classic. Feel the same about the Dodgers. If my Yankees don’t make the post season, that’s the match up I’d pay to see

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 18, 2013 at 6:25 PM

      Back from your summer vacation in Minnesota?

  6. rbj1 - Aug 18, 2013 at 6:11 PM

    Wait, a non-PED story? We could be witnessing history for all the right reasons? What’s this world coming to?

    • historiophiliac - Aug 18, 2013 at 6:26 PM

      Well, it was until you brought it up. Thanks. :(

  7. historiophiliac - Aug 18, 2013 at 6:25 PM

    Dude, he was feeling goooood. You could tell. He gave Little Sexy Fire a hug and was owning the dugout. So awesome. Last night and today, when he hit his homers, his whole body language said “Si, m—r f—r! I think he’s back.

  8. brockw82 - Aug 18, 2013 at 6:55 PM

    Cabrera will have better career numbers than Pujols, they are close now, Miggy is three years younger and in his prime.

  9. beelza - Aug 18, 2013 at 6:56 PM

    Miggy has 38 games remaining. Miguel Cabrera will win a second consecutive triple crown.

    Albert who?

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 18, 2013 at 7:16 PM

      Not convinced of the third triple crown. Davis hit another one today.

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 18, 2013 at 7:18 PM

        EDIT FUNCTION. “Third part of the triple crown”.

  10. datdangdrewdundunituhgin - Aug 18, 2013 at 7:22 PM

    went to the game today. came away not-so-impressed with KC’s plan to pitch to this guy. sure, they gave him a pass with 2 on, 2 out… but with how aggressive he’s been lately in early counts, you just CANNOT groove a fastball to him to try and get ahead. he’s already thought of that. the home run he hit was a laser shot on the first pitch he saw since he hit one out last night. and his RBI single was on a 1-1 i think. he’s just locked in, looking for something to blast early. and there doesn’t seem to be a god damn thing ned yost or bruce chen or anyone, can do to stop it. its fun watching him. even though he should’ve been credited with an error late in the game when he took too long to throw to first on a perez ground ball.

  11. hemisweeeet - Aug 18, 2013 at 10:57 PM

    As a Royals fan I can see we’re not quite there yet. Still holding out hope though. Haven’t had much to follow for 20 years.

  12. insidefastball - Aug 19, 2013 at 12:33 AM

    Cabrera is having an excellent year, but Scherzer is putting up some video game type W/L numbers as well. He might just get to 20-1.

  13. rmfields - Aug 19, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    Crazy to think that Cabrera has been the first hitter to achieve a Triple Crown since 1967… and he’s 5 homers away from doing it twice in a row.

    The only thing stopping him is Chris Davis’ out of this world HR pace this year (which actually slowed down a lot this second half, so Cabrera definitely has a chance to catch up!).

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