ALCS 2013: Detroit Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera Is Best Player In Series When Healthy
The Detroit Tigers made it to the ALCS without Miguel Cabrera being at his best. Great pitching from Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander sure helped their cause, but just imagine how tough they will be to beat if Cabrera gets just a tad bit healthier than he was last series. If Cabrera was fully healthy the whole regular season, there is a great chance that he would have walked away with back-to-back triple crowns. That alone should tell you just how much talent Cabrera truly has.
In the ALDS, Cabrera only managed a .250 batting average and had more strikeouts (two) than home runs (one). The bottom half of his body is so beat up right now that his swing just looks absolutely terrible at some points in each game, but that has to do with the pain he is in and has nothing to do with his actual ability. The Tigers really need Cabrera to get going, because a healthy Prince Fielder only got them a .278 batting average, zero home runs, and he didn’t hit in a single runner in five NLDS games. Torii Hunter and Austin Jackson have given Detroit absolutely nothing through the playoffs so far. Hunter is batting .158, Jackson managed only a .100 batting average, and combined they have four runs, five hits and one RBI.
A usually strong lineup has looked rather weak ever since Cabrera started dealing with these nagging injuries. The Boston Red Sox are likely licking their chops right now, but if I was them, I wouldn’t get too confident, because if Cabrera gets going again, Detroit may just end up in the World Series.