Asdrubal Cabrera appears to be on a mission. Cabrera was "a one-man show" Sunday in the words of manager Manny Acta as he had his first career five-hit game, including two home runs and five RBI, to lead the Indians to a 12-4 win over Cincinnati.
Cabrera is off to an All-Star caliber start this season. His five-hit game Sunday boosted his batting average 20 points to .302. He leads the Indians in both home runs, with nine, and RBI with 32.
He has been the Indians' best player so far this season, and would appear to be the club's leading candidate to be selected to the American League All-Star team. That's a far cry from Cabrera's disappointing 2010 season.
Last year he missed two months of the season with a broken left forearm. That limited him to 381 at bats, in which he hit three home runs with 29 RBI. In 182 at-bats this season Cabrera has already exceeded his home run and RBI totals from last season. Cabrera and Acta attribute Cabrera's outstanding start to him being healthy. Acta said Cabrera's broken arm last season robbed him of some strength, and he was unable to consistently drive the ball.
This year, a healthy Cabrera is driving the ball again. Acta also said Cabrera is benefitting from being a more mature player and a more mature hitter. He has also evolved into one of the Indians' leaders as they continue to be the surprise team of the 2011 season.
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