The Detroit Tigers once again avoided a sweep in a 3 game series last night as the offense came alive for a little while and the pitching was just good enough.
They wrapped up a 9 game road trip at 3-6 and now return home to play the Cleveland Indians on Friday night at Comerica.
Rick Porcello pitched pretty well until the 6th when he loaded the bases with no outs. He got Jarrod Saltalamacchia to ground into a double play that scored one run but left a runner at 3rd with 2 outs. It looked like Porcello would get out of the jam with minimal damage but to no avail, as he gave up another hit, plating another run.
Phil Coke took over and was erratic and allowed more runs. After a shaky bull pen let the Red Sox back into the game, the Tigers held on to win 7-5 and Jose Valverde was on his game for an unusual and worry free 1-2-3 9th inning.
Now onto the good stuff: Miguel Cabrera should be the AL MVP this year. He had a slow and rocky start to the year but has put up incredible numbers the past 2.5 months. In June he had a .990 OPS then in July he put up a 1.086 OPS and has been playing at an incredibly high level.
Here are the numbers the writers that vote care about: .323 batting average, 26 home runs, 87 RBI. he is on pace to set highs in home runs and RBIs this year and if his trend continues, once again he should finish the year around 1.050 OPS.
Miguel Cabrera is so good and consistent, I feel that works against him in voting. For some reason, a player usually has to do something flashy to get the award. Justin Verlander last year, Josh Hamilton and all the talk about Mike Trout winning are perfect examples. Because Cabrera dominates like this EVERY year, its normal, nothing really unusual is happening with him other than he is the best hitter in baseball had has been since 2008 when he first played for the Tigers.
But Mike Trout is a flashy 20 year old rookie for the Angels that is doing things 20 year olds shouldn’t be doing. Never mind that he isn’t carrying his team like Cabrera is.
Either way, win the MVP or not, it looks like Cabrera is going to do everything humanly possible to carry this team into the post season…and that is what an MVP really is, whether or not the writers recognize it.