Remember how pitchers used to shake in their cleats when Miguel Cabrera would come to the plate as the tying or go-ahead run. Remember when Cabrera would justify that fear by knocking the ball over the fence in heroic fashion.
Well that was last year.
This season Miguel Cabrera is in one of the deepest slumps of his career. So deep that it is sending the stat gurus behind the Tigers radio and TV broadcasts scrabbling to look for something comparable. Well our crack research department (me) at Detroit Jock City has uncovered the fact that Cabrera hasn’t started this slowly since his rookie season in 2003.
Cabrera is batting just .206 in 16 games this season. He is also struggling with RISP with 2 outs. Last season he excelled in this situation hitting a mind-boggling .459. This season Cabrera is hitting just .143 in the same situation.
But despite his lack of clutch hitting, there is still some reason to be hopeful. Miggy’s power numbers are actually close to the levels they were last year. In 2013 Cabrera had 2 doubles and triple with 2 HR thru 16 games. This year Miggy has 5 2B and 1 Homerun. Really not that far off from where he was last season in the power department.
The point is Tiger fans and fantasy owners should not worry. Although his average and OBP are way down, Miguel Cabrera’s power numbers should help to ease fears that this slump could last all season. It is that power that will eventually snap his slump and cure the Tigers offensive woes.