Tag:Miguel Cabrera
Posted on: October 3, 2010 7:25 pm

Your 2010 AL & NL leaders

OK, it may not have been the most important thing about the Giants' 3-0 victory over the Padres, but Brian Wilson picked up his 48th save of the season, the most in baseball. He, oddly enough, broke a tie with the Padres' Heath Bell.

Wilson's strikeout of Will Venable ended the regular season and here are the rest of your season leaders in the batting and pitching triple crown categories, as well as the save leaders.

• AL batting average: Josh Hamilton .359
• NL batting average: Carlos Gonzalez .336

• AL home runs: Jose Bautista 54
• NL home runs: Albert Pujols 42

• AL RBI: Miguel Cabrera 126
• NL RBI: Albert Pujols 118

• AL wins: CC Sabathia 21
• NL wins: Roy Halladay 21

• AL ERA: Felix Hernandez 2.27
• NL ERA: Josh Johnson 2.30

• AL strikeouts; Jeff Weaver 233
• NL strikeouts: Tim Lincecum 231

• AL saves: Rafael Soriano 45
• NL saves: Brian Wilson 48

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: September 29, 2010 10:23 am

Cabrera's season is over

Miguel Cabrera Miguel Cabrera is officially done for the season.

An MRI shows a high ankle sprain for the Tigers' first baseman, ending his season, MLB.com's Jason Beck tweets .

Cabrera is one of the leading candidates for the American League's MVP, hitting .328/.420/.622 with 38 home runs and 126 RBI this season. He leads the league in runs (111), RBI, OBP, OPS+ (180), total bases (341) and intentional walks (32).

Cabrera hurt his right ankle Monday night when Indians catcher Luke Carlin tried to pick him off first.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: September 28, 2010 5:40 pm

Cabrera sidelined with ankle injury

Miguel Cabrera The Tigers aren't shutting down Miguel Cabrera -- yet.

Detroit's first baseman was on crutches Tuesday and out of the lineup for the Tigers' game at Progressive Field in Cleveland.

"He's not too good," manager Jim Leyland told reporters before the game. "He's hurting. He has a pretty good ankle sprain. I'm not expecting too much too soon, by any means."

Cabrera may have to rest his case for the American League MVP with his .328/.420/.622 line with 38 homers and 126 RBI. If so, that's not too bad. He leads the league in runs (111), RBI (126), OBP, OPS+ (180), total bases (341) and intentional walks (32).

Cabrera hurt his ankle Monday night when Indians catcher Luke Carlin made a pickoff throw to first and he went back to the bag awkwardly.

"I'm not a fast man. I don't know what he was thinking. I was shocked," Cabrera told MLive.com's Steve Kornacki . "I was shocked. Nobody expected that. … That's the first time anyone has thrown over like that on me. Look at me, I'm 260 [pounds]."

Cabrera says he'll take it day-by-day, but at this point of the season it's utter madness to risk Cabrera doing any further damage to his ankle by going out and playing.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: September 10, 2010 9:47 pm

Cabrera becomes third AL player with 30 IBB

The designated hitter changes many things -- but no record seems to have a bigger split among leads than the one for intentional walks.

The Major League and National League record is 120 -- set by Barry Bonds in 2004. The American League record is nearly a fourth of that -- 33, done twice -- by John Olerud in 1993 and Ted Williams in 1957. It should be noted, of course, that this statistic wasn't kept until 1955, so Babe Ruth isn't on it (but he had some pretty decent protection in the Yankees lineup).

Miguel Cabrera On Friday, Detroit's Miguel Cabrera became just the fourth American League player to ever receive 30 intentional walks in a season. In addition to Olerud and Williams, George Brett was intentionally walked 30 times in 1985.

It's a different story in the National League, where Barry Bonds had nine different season with 30 or more free passes, and Pujols has three.

MLB.com's  Jason Beck had a good article on this today, with this great statistic -- entering Friday's game, one in every 14 intentional walks in the American League have been to Cabrera.

"Believe me, I don't care who hits behind Cabrera," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said told Beck. "I will walk him. We did it three times in Chicago [in mid-August]. We did it [Wednesday] night. We only failed once."

The fact the Tigers have had injuries and nobody near as fearsome as Cabrera in their lineup has led to the free passes. And that's why it worked for the Orioles on Friday.

After Austin Jackson tripled to lead off the seventh ina tie game, David Hernandez struck out Will Rhymes and got Johnny Damon to pop up before giving the free pass to Cabrera. Ryan Raburn then struck out to end the inning before the Orioles scored two in the eighth to take a lead.

"I try to impress upon him to just take it as the highest compliment you can get," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said.

So far this season, only one National League player, Albert Pujols, has more than 30 intentional walks. He's been given 34 free passes. Adrian Gonzalez is the only other NL player with more than 12, with 26. In the AL, Ichiro Suzuki and Joe Mauer are tied for second with 13 intentional passes.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: September 2, 2010 10:37 pm

Tigers lose Cabrera

Miguel Cabrera
Despite the short slate, it's shaping up to be a bad night on the injury front. The Twins lost their starting pitcher, as did the Mets. Now Tigers star Miguel Cabrera, chasing a longshot Triple Crown bid, is out.

Cabrera left Detroit's game in Minnesota with what the team called biceps tendinitis in his left shoulder. He's listed as day-to-day.

The Tigers first baseman entered the day leading the American League in RBI (108) and was second in home runs (33, 10 behind Jose Bautista) and batting average (.336; Josh Hamilton leads at .361).

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: August 31, 2010 10:51 am
Edited on: August 31, 2010 12:52 pm

Dissecting AL MVP race

MVP award There are plenty of players in the American League who are deserving of a MVP, but only one can win and there's no shortage of top candidates this season to take home the hardware.

So who's most likely to nab the MVP? Candidates include someone who would be a Triple Crown-lock if not for career seasons by two others, a second baseman establishing himself as the best in the game and someone hitting .408 since the beginning of June.

Metrics below include batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage and standard counting statistics of runs, doubles, homers and RBI. Included are also two defensive measures -- Ultimate Zone Range prorated over 150 games and Defensive Runs Saved, which is not prorated. Together, both metrics give great insight into a player's defense. Wins Above Replacement is the final statistic, combining offense and defense to come up with a number that shows how many wins above a replacement player the player provides. MVPs generally end up around 10 by the end of the season.

Adrian Beltre Adrian Beltre
Boston Red Sox
.323/.362/.551, 68 R, 38 2B, 23 HR, 88 RBI, 13.6 UZR/150, 15 DRS, 5.7 WAR

Beltre has been everything the Red Sox wanted and more. If Kevin Youkilis was healthy, he may be on this list instead of Beltre -- but he's not. Besides, Beltre plays the more demanding defensive position than Youk and other than some hiccups in the early part of the season, has been a vacuum. He's slowly becoming a cult hero in town due to his on-one-knee home runs and curious aversion to having his head touched. If Boston storms back to somehow nab a postseason spot (hint: it won't), Beltre would likely win the MVP.

Miguel Cabrera Miguel Cabrera
Detroit Tigers
.342/.437/.647, 94 R, 41 2B, 33 HR, 107 RBI, -7.5 UZR/150, -7 DRS, 6.0 WAR

Cabrera is doing it all this year: he's second in batting average, runs scored, home runs, doubles and leads the league in RBI. Just... wow. Not only is he having a Triple Crown-worthy season, he's also right there in non-Triple Crown stats like runs and doubles. His blemish is defense, where he clearly struggles which knocks his value down. If the Tigers made the playoffs, there wouldn't be much doubt about Cabrera's victory in the race. As is, however, he'll face stiff competition.

Robinson Cano Robinson Cano
New York Yankees
.325/.388/.563, 92 R, 36 2B, 26 HR, 90 RBI, 3.6 UZR/150, 12 DRS, 6.3 WAR

Cano has emerged to put together what is to date the 33rd best OPS by a second baseman in baseball's history -- with Rogers Hornsby responsible for the first five and seven of the first eight. So OK, Cano is no Hornsby but looking back at just the last 25 years, Cano's mark would rank sixth on the list. Either way you slice it, this kind of offense from a second baseman is not common. Cano doesn't have much plate discipline but that's largely irrelevant when you're hitting .325 and racking up extra-base hits. In addition, his fielding has taken another step forward. Will it be enough to finish in front of Cabrera? Given Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira have all had off-seasons, it may be enough as Cano has largely carried the pinstriped offense.

Josh Hamilton Josh Hamilton
Texas Rangers
.359/.411./637, 92 R, 39 2B, 31 HR, 95 RBI, 6.5 UZR/150, 5 DRS, 7.5 WAR

Since June 1, Hamilton has hit for a ridiculous .408/.459/.722 line and has combined that with strong defense to pace the AL in WAR -- no easy feat. He's certainly got to be considered the prohibitive favorite for the MVP, as the Rangers are 8 1/2 games ahead in first, headed to their first postseason berth since 1999. While Hamilton won't get the Triple Crown, a sizzling finish could vault him ahead of Cabrera in home runs and RBI -- leaving his only roadblock to the coveted distinction Jose Bautista's 42 dingers.

Evan Longoria Evan Longoria
Tampa Bay Rays
.297/.372/.514, 83 R, 42 2B, 19 HR, 88 RBI, 11.6 UZR/150, 13 DRS, 5.8 WAR

The AL East boasts three candidates, which just goes to show you how competitive the division is with three playoff-caliber teams, with Longoria a big part of one of them in the Rays. He's among the game's premier defenders and while you'd like to see more home runs out of a MVP candidate, he's been Tampa's most consistent and elite offensive performer. However, his numbers just don't stack up to anyone else on the list except Beltre.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: August 24, 2010 10:09 am
Edited on: August 24, 2010 12:55 pm

Pujols, Votto battling for Triple Crown lead

Albert Pujols Albert Pujols went 3 for 5 with a home run in Monday night's victory over the Pirates for the Cardinals. The performance was enough to vault Pujols into the league-lead for homers and RBI, pushing his average to .319, four points behind league-leader Joey Votto.

Yes, Albert Pujols, on pace for his third-worst OPS in his career, is a viable contender for a Triple Crown with a .319/.413/.600 mark, bashing 32 home runs and posting 92 RBI.

If Pujols can somehow leapfrog Votto (with Martin Prado one percentage point ahead of Pujols as well), he would be the first Triple Crown winner since 1967. He has some work on his hands to overcome Votto as well as potentially navigate Omar Infante. While Infante is likely to miss the cut-off to qualify for the batting title by about 60-80 at-bats, there is still a way for the .350-hitting utility infielder to win the title. If his batting average still leads the competition after adjusting up to the threshold with hitless appearances, Infante would win.

So say Infante finishes 70 at-bats short with a .350 average. Adding 80 hitless at-bats to get him to the 502 at-bat threshold puts him with a .295 batting average, so Infante's not likely to win out.

Pujols has a four-RBI lead ahead of the Reds' Votto, and a one-home run lead over Adam Dunn. He'll have stiff competition down to the wire, but it's looking like Pujols is an extremely viable candidate to tab perhaps baseball's most coveted milestone. The good news for those rooting for Phat Albert is that he is heating up -- after a season-low .848 OPS in July, Pujols has roared back with a 1.351 mark in August, hitting .425/.488/.863.

Pujols will have competition for that mark, however, the aforementioned Votto, pacing the NL in batting average and just behind Pujols in RBI, has 29 home runs, which is four behind Pujols. A well-timed hot streak could vault Votto atop the leaderboards in every category in what is the 26-year-old's MVP-caliber year.

As if a race to the wire for Triple Crown honors in the NL wasn't enough, the AL is working on its own Triple Crown candidate. Miguel Cabrera of the Tigers -- although he falls further and further out of the race through no fault of his own.

Cabrera is hitting .341/.437/.634 -- all better marks than Pujols... except Cabrera has to contend with two of the hottest hitters in the game. Josh Hamilton is lapping the field with a .357 batting average, a filthy .409 since June 1. On the home-run side of the ledger, his 31 home runs are just one behind Pujols... and nine behind Jose Bautista, who bashed two against the Yankees Monday.

At least Cabrera can find solace in his league-leading 103 RBI.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: August 20, 2010 5:23 pm

Rangers could be poised for awards sweep

Josh Hamilton In 54 years, no team has ever claimed all four major awards -- MVP, Rookie of the Year, Cy Young and Manager of the Year -- in the same year.

As Tom Singer of MLB.com points out, this could be the year that changes, as the Rangers have solid candidates in every category in the American League.

Manager Ron Washington, who in spring training looked like a longshot to keep his job after admitting he tested positive for cocaine last year, seems a favorite after leading the Rangers through an impressive campaign.

League-leading hitter Josh Hamilton is playing about as well as a guy can play lately, making clutch plays at the plate and in the field. Miguel Cabrera definitely has MVP numbers, but the Tigers have become irrelevant down the stretch and the award traditionally favors players for playoff teams.

An early-season injury has kept Cliff Lee from piling up big win and strikeout totals, but he's been incredibly impressive in both Seattle and Texas. He has seven complete games, a 3.44 ERA and leads the league in WHIP. The Rays' David Price might have a better case, but Lee is getting a lot of attention.

The AL rookie award seems pretty wide open, but Neftali Perez has a good shot. He has 27 saves, and as Singer points out, the rest of the rookies in the league have 20 combined.

The Cardinals have a longer shot of pulling off the sweep in the National League, though there are big obstacles for manager Tony La Russa (Bobby Cox will be a sentimental and dserving favorite) and rookie Jaime Garcia (a raft of rookie stars led by Jason Heyward). Adam Wainwright might end up ahead of Ubaldo Jimenez for Cy Young, and Albert Pujols is poised to win his fourth MVP.

All four awards are voted on by members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America. The last team to come close to the awards sweep was the 116-win Mariners of 2001. Ichiro Suzuki won the rookie and MVP awards, and Lou Piniella was Manager of the Year.

-- David Andriesen

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