After delivering a game-winning home run in the ninth inning of last night’s game, Detroit Tigers superstar Miguel Cabrera followed up his heroic performance by going 1-for-5 and collecting two more RBIs in today’s 7-5 victory over the Baltimore Orioles. Slowly but surely, Cabrera is once again beginning to resemble the player who Tigers fans have grown accustomed to seeing since 2008.
Cabrera, of course, underwent core muscle surgery in the offseason and it has taken him a bit of time to find his groove again. Although his March/April performance of .277/.320/.415 with two home runs and 15 RBIs was certainly nothing to sneeze at, it was nowhere near his previous March/April performance when he boasted a line of .363/.436/.559 with four home runs and 28 RBIs. After today, though, he has a batting average of .327 with four home runs and 20 RBIs through the first two weeks of May, which is certainly more Cabrera-esque. His 35 RBIs put him on pace for a whopping 158 on the season, according to ESPN.
Cabrera’s overall batting average is now at a healthy .295, which is astonishingly still well below his career mark of .320. Cabrera has actually only batted below .300 three times: his first two seasons with the Florida Marlins and his first season with the Tigers. He batted .268, .294 and .292 in those seasons, respectively. However, when the leaves turn brown this fall, it is a pretty safe bet that Cabrera’s batting average will be over the .300 mark once again.
Cabrera, it should be noted, is also on pace to strike out more than 100 times this season, which is something that he has not done since 2009. However, that should not cause the Tigers any concern. Even if Cabrera does strike out over 100 times, his overall numbers are still going to look very impressive, just as they did when he exceeded 100 Ks in the past while he was wearing a Marlins uniform and during his first two seasons with the Tigers.
At any rate, Cabrera’s stellar start to May should be seen as an indication that he is well on his way to returning to his former self and that he is liable to give Tigers fans yet another exciting summer.