The Tigers still have 129 games left this season, so there's obviously lots of time for a slump to happen, but it's still worth mention right now: Through 33 games, 2012 American League MVP and triple crown winner Miguel Cabrera has been better than he was last season.
After going 2-for-5 on Friday night with a double, a prodigious home run and three RBI -- as the Tigers crushed the previously white-hot Indians -- here's where Miggy stands:
- .382/.455/.618, 52 hits, nine doubles, seven homers, 40 RBI, 27 runs, 17 BB, 19 K
And here's where he was through 33 games last season:
- .282/.336/.481, 37 hits, five doubles, seven homers, 27 RBI, 17 runs, 10 BB, 21 K
In 161 total games last season, here was Cabrera's final stat line:
- .330/.393/.606, 205 hits, 40 doubles, 44 homers, 139 RBI, 109 runs, 66 BB, 98 K
And here's what he's on pace to do this year (we'll calculate out to 161 games again):
- .382/.455/.618, 254 hits, 44 doubles, 34 homers, 195 RBI (!), 132 runs, 83 BB, 93 K
Again, there will be a slump at some point -- or will there? But for now, Cabrera is both baseball's best and most fearsome hitter. And, in my opinion, it's not real close.