Will Detroit Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder Be Top 3-4 Offensive Threat In 2013?
Cabrera was obviously an offensive juggernaut last season in which he was awarded the first American League Triple Crown in 45 years. He ranked second in all of baseball in batting average (.330), first in home runs (44), first in runs batted in (139), second in hits (205) and second in runs scored (109) while his slugging and OPS were off of the charts.
Meanwhile, Fielder did his best to keep up with his teammate in the statistics apartment. The former Milwaukee Brewers first baseman ranked 10th in batting average (.313), 22nd in home runs (30), seventh in RBIs (108) and 17th in hits (182). It is hard to find a better overall duo at the plate then these two last season.
There is no question Cabrera and Fielder were a huge part of why the Tigers were able to get past the Oakland Athletics and New York Yankees in the postseason to clinch their first World Series berth since 2006. Obviously, the team came up short in their conquest for a World Series title but that does not mean they cannot use what they learned and take another crack at it this year.
Even though it is highly unlikely Cabrera will be able to repeat his unbelievably successful 2012 campaign, it is not out of the realm of reality that he could still put up some pretty big numbers especially with Fielder continuing to hit cleanup behind him. Not to mention, Fielder should have a more productive season offensively with Victor Martinez hitting in the five hole providing him quality protection. Opposing pitchers are going to have a disastrous time trying to get through what will be arguably the hardest section of any batting order in baseball.
Pure talent, plenty to prove and a taste of what could have been is what will make Cabrera and Fielder the best in the business once again. There are tandems that could potentially match them in fire power such as the Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton, but they will both have to be money at the same time in order to do so. Not to mention, Cabrera and Fielder will be a part of what has to be the most complete team in all of baseball, which means they will feed off of the incredible energy of their teammates.
According to RotoChamp, Cabrera is projected to bat .318 in 2013 with 38 home runs, 117 RBIs and 110 runs scored while Fielder is thought to have a .316 batting average with 31 homers, 110 RBIs and 111 runs scored.