Miguel Cabrera is flat-out good. Plain and simple, the Detroit Tigers‘ slugger is quite possibly the best hitter in the world and he could also be the best hitter that the league has seen in recent memory.
With a career batting average of .320, it’s easy to see why this guy is so successful. He became just the 17th winner of the Triple Crown to ever grace the game of baseball. Joining the likes of Ty Cobb, Ted Williams and Mickey Mantle, Cabrera is in with the elites of all time. In fact, he is the first player to accomplish the impressive feat since Carl Yastrzemski did it in 1967.
Coming off a season in which he hit .330 with 44 home runs and 139 RBI, it looked like the best was behind the veteran slugger. I say veteran because he has been in the majors for 10 years, not because of his age– he is still a youthful 30 years old.
How could he get any better than what he did in 2012? Well, how about starting out the first quarter of the season with a batting averaging over .380 with a modest seven homers and a whopping 40 RBI.
Yes, Cabrera has 40 ribbies in the first 33 games of the season, on pace to finish with 200 if he kept the same pace.
In fact, if he keeps up the pace he’s on for in every category, he would finish with a .380 average, 35 home runs, 200 RBI and about 250 hits. These would all be approaching record numbers (minus home runs), but the power numbers will come as they always have as the season wears on.
To answer the question, he is a guy that hasn’t had a batting average below .324 since 2008, hit less than 30 home runs since 2006 or has under a 100 RBI since 2003. He has gotten even better in 2013.
He is ranked fourth among active players in terms of batting average and I wouldn’t be surprised if he made up more ground with the No. 1 guy this season.
I also wouldn’t be surprised if he broke the RBI record of 191 in a single season. The guy who holds the record? Hack Wilson, who broke it in 1930. His age? He was the same age as Miguel Cabrera is this season. Coincidence? Probably not, but we can all believe, right?