Detroit Tigers Links: Miguel Cabrera’s production, Justin Verlander’s ascension & offensive woes


A theory for why Detroit Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera isn’t producing at usual level – Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press

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"The last time Cabrera put up such human — for him — numbers was in 2008. That was the first year he was away from his second home in Florida, a season in which he faced expectation as the missing piece and a slew of new pitchers in the American League. Cabrera rebounded to take fourth in the MVP vote the following year, and hasn’t been lower than fifth since. The Tigers first baseman deserves time to regain his form, and to get back the routine that put him on the path to history. The swing is still there. Sooner or later, the did-you-see-that will be, too."

I still believe Miggy’s production dip is more due to injury than lost skill due to age. He is often compared with Hank Aaron and even if he never is as good as Aaron again, he’ll still be pretty damn good.

Justin Verlander Slowly Returning To Form For Detroit Tigers – Will Gellman, Rant Sports

"It is still early, but if the way he is pitching right now is any indication, Verlander is showing signs of returning to his dominant form of a few years ago. If he can do that, the Tigers should and will be considered favorites to win the 2014 World Series."

But can he hit??????

Lack of patience, failure to adjust at plate hurts Detroit Tigers in 5-1 loss to Yankees – Chris Iott, MLive

"The Tigers have totaled just six runs and 19 hits in 30 innings played in this series. During that stretch, they have drawn just four walks while striking out 30 times."

Every team goes through offensive cold spells. The Tigers have been through them both this year and in year’s past. The latest cold spell is around 3 weeks long now since the All-Star break, but does anyone else feel they are due for sustained offensive success? The law of averages say so.