The real Asdrubal Cabrera may have finally shown up.
Not the one tho took a .162/.230/.279 triple-slash into the final week of the season, of course. Rather, I’m talking about the one that broke out with a 25-homer, 17-steal season in 2011 with the Cleveland Indians, making him one of the better power-hitting shortstops in all of baseball (second in MLB with 45 home runs from 2011 on) since.
The fireworks display isn’t something that’s come very often from Cabrera thus far in 2013, but he gave Tribe fans at Progressive Field a double dose of it on Monday night, launching his third and fourth homers of the season en route to the team’s 7-3 victory over the Oakland Athletics.
Let’s just say Jarrod Parker, the victim of four total home runs, won’t be looking forward to seeing the Indians shortstop any time soon.
The 27-year-old’s solo bombs were part of a solid 2-for-4 night at the plate that also included a walk, and might as well be a public service announcement (more like an exclamation, really) that his slump to start the season is really, truly over.
Cabrera continued a three-game extra-base hit streak on Monday, and he’s now recorded at least one XBH in seven of his last nine games. Add to the fact that he’s hit in 13 of his last 14 games, and what you’ll find is a .349/.417/.651 triple-slash that makes him one of the hottest hitters in the game over that span.
It couldn’t have time at a better time for the Indians too, as the team has now won seven of their last eight games to climb back above .500 thanks to a top-ranked offense over the last seven days. To put Cabrera’s contributions to all that winning baseball into perspective, let’s just put it this way — he’s driven in 17.3 percent of the runs they’ve scored in that span.
Talk about a key cog to the offense. At just 3.5 games back of the Detroit Tigers, this is a Cleveland team that is firing on all cylinders right now — and if Cabrera can keep his run at the plate going, it’ll go more than long way in helping the team keep up in the race.