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Entries in Miguel Cabrera (27)

Thursday
Sep202012

Tigers win behind Verlander and Cabrera

Justin Verlander (15-8) threw 122 pitches in six scoreless innings allowing five hits and three walks while striking out five.

Just five hits allowed by Verlander:

All-time Tigers wins leaders:

RkPlayerWFromTo
1 Hooks Dauss 223 1912 1926
2 George Mullin 209 1902 1913
3 Mickey Lolich 207 1963 1975
4 Hal Newhouser 200 1939 1953
5 Jack Morris 198 1977 1990
6 Tommy Bridges 194 1930 1946
7 Dizzy Trout 161 1939 1952
8 Bill Donovan 140 1903 1918
9 Earl Whitehill 133 1923 1932
10 Frank Lary 123 1954 1964
11 Justin Verlander 122 2005 2012

 Provided by Baseball-Reference.comView Play Index Tool Used Generated 9/20/2012. 

Miguel Cabrera picked up his 41st home run and 130th RBI of the season.

Cabrera owns the entire field:

All-time Tigers single-season HR leaders:

RkPlayerHRYear
1 Hank Greenberg 58 1938
2 Cecil Fielder 51 1990
3 Rocky Colavito 45 1961
4 Cecil Fielder 44 1991
5 Hank Greenberg 44 1946
6 Miguel Cabrera 41 2012
7 Norm Cash 41 1961
8 Hank Greenberg 41 1940
9 Darrell Evans 40 1985
10 Hank Greenberg 40 1937
Provided by Baseball-Reference.comView Play Index Tool Used Generated 9/20/2012.

All-time Tigers single-season RBI leaders:

RkPlayerRBIYear
1 Hank Greenberg 183 1937
2 Hank Greenberg 170 1935
3 Hank Greenberg 150 1940
4 Hank Greenberg 146 1938
5 Rocky Colavito 140 1961
6 Magglio Ordonez 139 2007
7 Hank Greenberg 139 1934
8 Harry Heilmann 139 1921
9 Dale Alexander 137 1929
10 Dale Alexander 135 1930
11 Rudy York 134 1940
12 Harry Heilmann 134 1925
13 Cecil Fielder 133 1991
14 Vic Wertz 133 1949
15 Cecil Fielder 132 1990
16 Norm Cash 132 1961
17 Miguel Cabrera 130 2012
Provided by Baseball-Reference.comView Play Index Tool Used Generated 9/20/2012.
Wednesday
Sep192012

Miguel Cabrera’s race for the Triple Crown

Prior to the start of the season, if you had to pick one player who had the best chance to win the Triple Crown, many pundits would pick Miguel Cabrera.

Miggy is doing everything he can to make those pundits look smart.

Miguel Cabrera's 2012 Season:

Here’s the AL batting race:

RkPlayerBAPAABH
1 Miguel Cabrera .333 636 567 189
2 Mike Trout .327 576 507 166
3 Joe Mauer .325 578 493 160
4 Derek Jeter .323 665 617 199
Provided by Baseball-Reference.comView Play Index Tool Used
Generated 9/19/2012.

Here’s the Home Run race:

Here’s the RBI race:

RkPlayerRBI
1 Miguel Cabrera 129
2 Josh Hamilton 123
3 Josh Willingham 106
Provided by Baseball-Reference.comView Play Index Tool Used
Generated 9/19/2012.

As a bonus, Cabrera also leads in slugging:

RkPlayerSLG
1 Miguel Cabrera .612
2 Josh Hamilton .588
3 Edwin Encarnacion .565
4 Mike Trout .558
5 Adrian Beltre .557
Provided by Baseball-Reference.comView Play Index Tool Used
Generated 9/19/2012.

And, he also leads in OPS:

RkPlayerOPS
1 Miguel Cabrera 1.008
2 Mike Trout .954
3 Edwin Encarnacion .947
4 Josh Hamilton .947
Provided by Baseball-Reference.comView Play Index Tool Used Generated 9/19/2012.

Before the All-Star break, Miggy was pretty, pretty, pretty good:

Look at Cabrera's plate coverage as he had great success against pitches up-and-away diagonally down-and-in. He hit .324 with 18 homers and 71 RBI in 86 RBI. His OPS was .938.

Since the All-Star break, Miggy has been pretty, pretty, pretty great:

It's hard to imagine that Cabrera could expand his batting range, but he has done that in the second part of the season.

Look at the plate coverage Cabrera has exhibited:

There are very few places for a pitcher to throw a ball and have a sense of assurance of getting Cabrera out.

In the 60 games since the All-Star break, Cabrera has hit .348 with 22 homers, 58 RBI and an OPS of 1.114.

Baseball's Triple Crown winners:

Year Lg

Player

Team/(BA, HR, RBI)

1967 AL

Carl Yastrzemski

BOS .326, 44 HR, 121 RBI

1966 AL

Frank Robinson

BAL .316, 49 HR, 122 RBI

1956 AL

Mickey Mantle

NYY .353, 52 HR, 130 RBI

1947 AL

Ted Williams

BOS .343, 32 HR, 114 RBI

1942 AL

Ted Williams

BOS .356, 36 HR, 137 RBI

1937 NL

Joe Medwick

STL .374, 31 HR, 154 RBI

1934 AL

Lou Gehrig

NYY .363, 49 HR, 165 RBI

1933 AL

Jimmie Foxx

PHA .356, 48 HR, 163 RBI

1933 NL

Chuck Klein

PHI .368, 28 HR, 120 RBI

1925 NL

Rogers Hornsby

STL .403, 39 HR, 143 RBI

1922 NL

Rogers Hornsby

STL .401, 42 HR, 152 RBI

1909 AL

Ty Cobb

DET .377, 9 HR, 107 RBI

1901 AL

Nap Lajoie

PHA .426, 14 HR, 125 RBI

1887 AA

Tip O'Neill

STL .435, 14 HR, 123 RBI

1878 NL

Paul Hines

PRO .358, 4 HR, 50 RBI

Wednesday
Jun272012

My All Star Starters: AL 3B

While voting for the All-Star game ends tomorrow, I will still be producing these articles to discuss who I believe should have the starting nod and who should be on the team. Up tonight is the American League hot corner. This is a position that requires great reflexes coupled with a great arm, and, being a corner infield position, it is expected that this will be a position of hitting strength. All of the men being considered here are exceptional at their position and are all deserving of being in the conversation. Voting numbers can be found here.

#1. Adrian Beltre, Texas Rangers 3,073,541

Beltre leapt into first place since the last update, leading by almost 400,000 votes, and it has been well deserved. Since Beltre signed a one year deal with the Red Sox in 2010, he has been one of the most consistent third basemen in the game, showcasing unbelievable glovework coupled with an ability to hit for average and power. His power numbers really spiked after a down year in '09 where he only managed to put 8 out of the park. Since then he has gone deep 73 times. Below is a picture of how Beltre has adjusted an begun hitting more pitches for power.

Beltre is well known for his ability to go down on one knee and muscle balls out of the park. If you haven't seen it before, here is a link to see one from his Red Sox days. 

Beltre is not without fault though, as he sports a much higher groundball rate versus left handed pitching than righties, which has hurt his average versus southpaws.

Left (versus Righties) - Right (versus Lefties)This has not been too much of a problem, but if he can increase his flyball rate versus lefties, especially on the outside part of the zone, he may find that his average could increase even further. Now on to the stats.

71 G, 274 AB, 42 R, 90 H, 17 2b, 13 HR, 48 RBI, 1 SB, 16 BB, 34 SO, .328 AVG, .361 OBP, .533 SLG

Beltre could also afford to be a little more patient and draw some walks to boost the on-base percentage, but if he continues to get hits when he puts the ball in play, I can't really blame him for being a free swinger. Beltre continues to be an all-star on the offensive and defensive side of the ball, and I wholeheartedly believe that he should have a place on that team when all is said and done.

 

#2. Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers 2,692,047 

Something has to be said for Cabrera's durability after the move back to third. He has played in 74 games, even after taking a hard hopper to the eye in spring training, which happened to leave a nice battle scar. The move back to third also hasn't hurt his ability to rake. Cabrera is one of those unique hitters that has power to all fields, and he is showcasing that this season. He has hit seven home runs to left, four to center, and four to right field, totaling up to fifteen big flies. Below is a chart of the spread of his hits throughout the season.

Cabrera has taken advantage of pitches left up in the zone and driven the ball all over ballparks, including a mammoth 514 ft Home Run to left field off of Jake Peavy of the Chicago White Sox. Cabrera has also managed to get hits off the hard stuff, averaging .350 against pitches with a velocity of at least 91 mph. If the velocity drops down below that, he tapers off, hitting only .273.

 

As long as pitchers continue to throw him the hard stuff, Cabrera will remain an all-star caliber hitter. Lets look at his stats.

74 G, 299 AB, 43 R, 91 H, 22 2b, 15 HR, 59 RBI, 3 SB, 26 BB, 46 SO, .304 AVG, .363 OBP, .528 SLG

Cabrera has Beltre beat in overall power numbers, but that could be a 25 at bat factor that has allowed the Tigers' third basemen more opportunity to hit the long ball. Cabrera is mashing the ball this season, but I do not believe that he should be considered the started over Beltre.

 

#3. Alex Rodriguez, New York Yankees 1,748,534

Compared to the first two guys on this list, the rest have been underwhelming. ARod hasn't been awful, but he also hasn't been able to live up to the performance of Cabrera and Beltre. Strangely enough, ARod has seen a concentration of pitches located dead in the strike zone, but he hasn't been able to capitalize to boost his average. 

ARod has been excellent in one strike counts this season, with an ISO rate of .323.

 

71 G, 264 AB, 40 R, 70 H, 6 2b, 13 HR, 34 RBI, 6 SB, 32 BB, 63 SO, .265 AVG, .355 OBP, .436 SLG

Comparing his stats to the vote leaders, he is matching them well in the HR numbers, but he lacks in the total extra base hit department. He is drawing walks at a higher rate, which has put his OBP in the same range, but the SLG is down 100 points. ARod has had an amazing career, but this is not an all star year for the third baseman.

 

#4. Evan Longoria, Tampa Bay Rays 1,688,509

Before a major injury sidelined his season before the thirty game mark, Longo was on pace to be better than any third baseman in the league. He had drawn one less walk in that time than Beltre has all season and he had more doubles than ARod has compiled. His AVG, OBP, and SLG would be at the top of the list for AL third basemen, but he hasn't played in over a month and probably will not be ready for the all-star game either way. His BABIP was way up, so it is conceivable he may have tailed off a bit. Here is a look at that heat map.

23 G, 82 AB, 15 R,  27 H, 7 2b, 4 HR, 19 RBI, 2 SB, 15 BB, 17 SO, .329 AVG, .433 OBP, .561 SLG

I'm a huge Longoria fan, and I hope he tears it up in the second half.

 

Wild Card: Edwin Encarnacion, Toronto Blue Jays

Readers must understand that he is not the everyday third baseman and has played more of a DH role, but I believe he is worthy of consideration here. He has 21 HRs! That ranks him near the top of the league, nevermind among 3rd basemen. Also, his .572 SLG ranks him fifth in the American League. His power numbers versus southpaws has been unreal, with a .371 ISO.

It's almost as if anything in the zone is getting hit for extra bases with this guy. If you don't believe it, look at the numbers:

71 G, 269 PA, 44 R, 77 H, 14 2b, 21 HR, 52 RBI, 6 SB, 28 BB, 53 SO, .286 BA, .361 OBP, .572 SLG

This guy has been revitalized. If he can continue this pace throughout the year, the Blue Jays will have quite a formidable lineup with Encarnacion hitting behind Bautista.

 

Results

1. Adrian Beltre

2. Miguel Cabrera

3. Edwin Encarnacion (due to less starts at 3b)

4. ARod

5. Brett Lawrie (Encarnacion's teammate and starting Blue Jays Third Baseman is having a good year)