Miguel Cabrera: Could the Detroit Tigers' Slugger Win the Triple Crown?

James MorisetteCorrespondent IIISeptember 19, 2012

September 2, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera (24) during the game against the Chicago White Sox at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE
Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

If there were any doubts about the Detroit Tigers' third baseman Miguel Cabrera winning the 2012 AL MVP, it is time to crush them.

In an out-of-this-world season in which Cabrera smashed his 300th homer, conversation should turn to whether this 29-year-old can win the Triple Crown.

In his most recent outing, Cabrera went 3-for-4 with two home runs and six RBI in Detroit’s 12-2 win over Oakland. One of Cabrera’s homers was an eighth-inning grand slam.

With this performance, Cabrera is batting .333 (189-for-567) with 40 home runs and 129 RBI. He also has 38 doubles and an OBP/SLG/OPS of .396/.612/1.008.

In the last 10 games, Cabrera has been red-hot, batting .385 (15-for-39) with five home runs and 14 RBI.

Looking at the AL Triple Crown race, Cabrera leads Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim outfielder Mike Trout by six points in batting average (.333 to .327); leads Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton by six RBI (129 to 123), and trails Hamilton by two home runs (42 to 40) in the third and final Triple Crown category.

The last player to win the Triple Crown was Carl Yastrzemski in 1967, when he hit .321 with 44 home runs and 121 RBI.

Cabrera’s teammate, Justin Verlander, won the pitching Triple Crown in 2011 with 24 wins, 250 strikeouts and a 2.40 ERA.

Baseball fans are watching the evolution of a dynamic ballplayer; one who only comes along every so often.

Cabrera is a patient slugger with the ability to hit the ball to all sides of the field in any count. He is a nightmare to game-plan for. No matter how pitchers prepare for Cabrera, this young man still finds ways to get on base.

More impressive, Cabrera is the third-best third baseman in the AL in a defensive capacity. He trails KC's Mike Moustakas and Texas' Adrian Beltre in fielding percentage.

With 15 games to go in the regular season, all eyes will be on Cabrera, Hamilton and Trout.

But should Cabrera win the MVP and Triple Crown this year, he may, once and for all, garner the recognition he deserves.