Detroit Tigers: Week 4 Heroes and Zeroes
By Matt Pelc
May 3, 2015; Kansas City, MO, USA; Detroit Tigers first basemen Miguel Cabrera (24) singles against the Kansas City Royals during the first inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports
#1 Hero: Miguel Cabrera
Could it be possible that we as fans demand too much from Miguel Cabrera? That he has set the bar so high that even good weeks do not warrant a mention among surprising weeks from other players?
Cabrera has been a victim in this column. While he has hit consistently well throughout the season’s first four weeks, this is the first time he landed in our list of heroes.
After being named the Detroit Tigers’ player of the month for April, he continued to mash the ball into May, hitting .333 with a 1.198 OPS. In 24 at-bats, #24 earned eight hits, including a double and three homers. He only struck out five times in those at-bats and walked five times as well.
His biggest hit of the week came in the sixth inning on Sunday. With the Tigers holding a 4-0 advantage, Cabrera launched a ball into one of the deeper recesses of Kauffman Stadium to make the game 6-0 and render a late KC surge meaningless.
Cabrera is beginning to hit the ball with more power than he had earlier this year and that should scare the pants off the rest of baseball.