Miguel Cabrera might be a good hitter. For the second day in a row, the daily Getting Blanked linked in really drills down to the core of baseball analysis: both Miguel Cabrera and Joe Mauer are good hitters. EXCLUSIVE STUFF.
Miguel Cabrera won the American League MVP last season and the Triple freaking Crown. His team made it all the way to the World Series. He’s very good. He does things most other hitters only dream about.
Last night, in a game at noted bandbox Safeco Field, Miguel Cabrera had himself a day. Cabrera knocked three hits, drove in four runs and posted a .511 WPA. Pretty good. Because he’s Miguel Cabrera, the home run wasn’t your run of the mill yank job down the line. No no, Miguel Cabrera is into the “style points count” stage of his dominant career.
Few hitters in baseball can handle low pitches, especially those on the outer half, better than Miguel Cabrera. Below is his first home run of the year, an opposite field blast off Jays hurler Brandon Morrow on a slider down and on the outside half of the plate. Not a great pitch, but a pitch that Cabrera probably rolls over if he attempts pulling it.
Cabrera was back at it last night, staying with an Aaron Harang two-seamer down and away, driving the ball out to right-center for his second homer of the year.
Even in newly shrunk Safeco Field, this is an impressive shot through cool, heavy, night air. Cabera’s teammates, accustomed to his generational talents antics by now, marvelled at this prodigious bomb.
“It sounded like all of his other home runs,” [Tigers catcher Alex] Avila said. “It’s impressive, down and away like that to the deepest part of the park like that. He’s special.
“I didn’t see the location of it,” Fister said of the pitch Cabrera hit for a home run. “But knowing him, he’s so strong and he’s such a good hitter, whether it’s inside or outside, he’s staying on it. He’s such a special guy. He can do things most people can’t.”
Avila was asked how often he is impressed by Cabrera.
“Always,” he said. “Always. Best hitter I’ve ever seen.”
A familiar song from the man on the hill, who knows when he’s been bested by the greatest in the game. From Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times:
“He did a great job hitting that pitch,’’ Harang said. “We went back and looked at it (on video). It was four or five inches off he plate. It should have been a ball. It proves why he’s as good as he is and the fact that he won (AL) MVP last year.’”
Yup. Miguel Cabrera is good. Really, really, triple crown winning in a year less impressive than previous campaign good. SO GOOD.
Like Joe Mauer, it becomes easy to take great players for granted. They end up great for so long, the entire act becomes routine. Every so often, it is worthwhile to pinch your leg through your jeans every so often and wake up to reality: normal baseball players don’t hit that pitch that far. They don’t stay with sliders and dump them into the right field seats. They just don’t. So when they do, we outta doff our collective hats. It’s the right thing to do.
And the rest
The Yankees pay tribute to the city of Boston, playing the Fenway favorite Sweet Caroline in between innings. A nice touch which was repeated all over baseball last night.
Great stuff from our own (in a way) Jack Moore on the devil in the details and statistical fallibility. [Sports on Earth]
Keith Law of ESPN Insider on teams attempting to internally fill holes at second base. ($) [KLAW]
Brandon McCarthy, teller of truths. (He wasn’t THAT bad last night)
Pretty frustrated with being terrible thus far, so tomorrow I’m going to go scream at pigeons in Central Park if anyone cares to join.
— Brandon McCarthy (@BMcCarthy32) April 17, 2013
All the uniforms of all the teams, a Flip Flop Flying tradition! [Flip Flop Fly Ballin']
I’m a sucker for a timely pop culture reference…
— Peter Burns (@PeterBurnsRadio) April 17, 2013
Tulowitzki was bound for greatness right from the start. Classic unassisted triple play video.