After the Detroit Tigers lost to the Boston Red Sox on Sunday night baseball, they had two major reasons to be concerned: the state of their shaky bullpen and the strained hamstring sustained by Miguel Cabrera.
I cannot speak to the bullpen, but I can confirm that Cabrera’s hamstring is just fine. He showed as much in the fourth inning of his team’s game against the Chicago White Sox on Monday night with a huge home run to left field. Even big guys like Cabrera don’t hit baseballs this far without some serious torque from their lower body.
The home run was Cabrera’s 12th of the season. The slugger is well on his way to another dominant season, near the top of the leader board in nearly every major offensive category. The Tigers were surely just relieved to know that Cabrera would not miss any games with the hamstring injury: it’s a bonus that he came out and showed no ill-effects with this deep homer.
With some shaky pitching and tough stretches of late, the Tigers find themselves in a hotly contested American League Central. Until they resolve those aforementioned bullpen issues, whether through internal options or a trade, they will lean on their offense to keep them at the top of the division.
Lucky for them, they have the best hitter in the league in the middle of their lineup. Check out video of tonight’s home run below: