This just in. Miguel Cabrera is from another planet.
While that may not literally be the case, the Detroit Tigers third baseman has certainly performed that way for the better part of two years with no signs of slowing down. Cabrera took a 1st-inning offering from Mets pitcher Dillon Gee over the left field wall, and with that swing, blasted his 42nd home run of the season.
42 home runs is a staggering total before the end of August, but that doesn’t even tell the entire story for Cabrera. On the year, he produced a .360/.450/.685 slash line to give him the best OPS since the Barry Bonds era, and he has a second consecutive triple crown firmly his sights if he can track down Baltimore’s Chris Davis in the home run column. He is fantastic in every offensive aspect but, of course, Cabrera wasn’t the only Detroit player who had a positive day in their 8-run victory.
Pitching-wise Rick Porcello put together a quality outing for Detroit, allowing only 3 runs through 7 innings to grab the victory. Offensively, Cabrera was flanked by a 3-hit day from 8th-place hitter Ramon Santiago, and outfielder Andy Dirks added a 6th-inning home run to give Detroit a 4-3 lead that they would never relinquish.
It may not be a lock to see Miguel Cabrera do the unthinkable in grabbing back-to-back triple crowns, but even if he falls short, we are witnessing the prime of one of the best right-handed hitters of all-time.