Miguel Cabrera's Historic 1st Half on Pace to Surpass MVP/Triple Crown Season

Josh SchochAnalyst IIIJuly 11, 2013

CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 7: Miguel Cabrera #24 of the Detroit Tigers smiles at the crowd after hitting a solo home run during the first inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on July 7, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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Breaking news: Detroit Tigers superstar Miguel Cabrera is really, really good.

OK, you probably already knew that, but what you may not have known is that Cabrera became the first player in MLB history to hit for 30 home runs and 90 RBI before the All-Star Break.

While "Miggy" was the first player to win the Triple Crown in 45 years last season, he's been even better this season.

It's not hard to determine why Cabrera has been so successful when you see just how hard he hits the ball.

This is how a baseball looks during a @MiguelCabrera HR swing, courtesy of the #PhantomCam (http://t.co/JbTvqYJrGm) » pic.twitter.com/8KgGcKumVN

— FOX Sports (@FOXSports) July 8, 2013

What's surprising about his success is how consistent he's been.

It's tough to bat .300 in the MLB, let alone .350. But what Cabrera has done this season has just been ridiculous. He leads all MLB hitters by 23 points and the American League by 39 points.

#Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera – the #MLB batting leader at .366 - could go hitless in next 79 at-bats and still have a .300 BA.

— STATS_MLB (@STATS_MLB) July 11, 2013

Miguel Cabrera now has seven 4-hit games this season. Only one other player has as many as 4 (Beltre). Not bad, Miggy...

— Numbers Never Lie (@ESPN_Numbers) July 7, 2013

To couple that consistency with his power is far from rare, but it reaches the point of being utterly absurd.

Nobody drives the ball better than Cabrera. Nobody.

Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis might have four more home runs than Cabrera, but he has not proved that he can hit as consistently.

Cabrera has already broken the record for most home runs by a Tiger in the first half of the season, topping the list of players in the history of the 113-year-old franchise, per Numbers Never Lie.

The way things are going, he could have one of the best seasons in the live ball era, and his numbers over the past 162 games are phenomenal.

Miguel Cabrera is on pace for 260 hits 186 RBI 366. Avg 60 home runs. The tigers are on pace for 100 wins. Things are looking good

— Nate Campbell (@natecampbell30) July 12, 2013

Miguel Cabrera has 54 HR, 158 RBI and a .353 BA in his last 162 games entering tonight.

— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) July 9, 2013

To say that this guy could do even better after his Triple Crown-winning performance last season would have sounded ridiculous in March, but now, it's seeming pretty reasonable.

Let's take a look at Cabrera's monthly stats in the past two seasons.

 

March/April

YearBAHRRBISLGOPS
2012.298720.571.940
2013.363428.559.995

As you can see, Cabrera may not have started out with as many home runs in 2013 as he had in 2012, but his batting average and RBI are both way up, certainly making up for the lack of the long ball.

 

May

YearBAHRRBISLGOPS
2012.331222.468.839
2013.3791233.7671.222

May was a bit of a slump for Miggy in 2012, but this year, he came out on fire, clubbing 12 home runs while putting all of his other numbers from the 2012 season to shame.

 

June

YearBAHRRBISLGOPS
2012.311720.604.990
2013.378921.7041.196

June's power numbers were about the same for Cabrera in both seasons. However, the big difference is that he continued to bat almost .400 in 2013, whereas in 2012 he hit just over .300.

 

July

YearBAHRRBISLGOPS
2012.41429.7241.165
2013.308512.6921.118

Miggy might have hit better for average in 2012, but he's clearly surpassed last July's power numbers to this point.

However, as last year's All-Star Game was played earlier, it should be noted that Cabrera will have played five more games in July 2013 before the break. All the same, he looks set to at least match the 2012 month's power numbers (nine home runs, 23 RBI).

 

First-Half Stats

YearBAHRRBISLGOPS
2012.3241871.557.938
2013.3663094.6821.138

Numbers don't lie, and it's obvious that Cabrera is doing better in the first half of this season than he did last season.

With three games left, Cabrera could conceivably reach 100 RBI before the first half of the season is over. He has also been a better second-half player over the past couple years, as he posted a higher batting average, slugging percentage and OPS in the latter half of the 2011 and 2012 seasons.

To see someone do what Cabrera is doing is a treat, and baseball fans need to step back and admire what Miggy has done all season. If he keeps this up, there will be another MVP trophy with his name on it—and possibly another Triple Crown.