The Detroit Tigers gave up a couple top prospects just for a moment like this: Miguel Cabrera was named American League Player of the Month for July 2008.
This is what Dave Dombrowski and other front office personnel imagined when they traded for the big boy from Florida. After a slow start from Cabrera and the team, both have turned it around and look to make a playoff push heading into the final stretch.
Cabrera could not have been any hotter this month. Miggy hit .330 with eight home runs and 31 RBIs in only 25 games in the month of July. At one stretch he drove in 17 in eight games alone. His last home run in Tampa Bay hit the "catwalk" on the roof at Tropicana Field and was measured around 500 feet.
At one point in July, Cabrera had a nine game hit streak and also 11 multiple hit games. He also had 14 extra base hits, with six of those being doubles and one them a triple (yes, he did hit a triple...). He has had a scary slugging percentage of .848 and an on base percentage (OBP) of .357.
In a game versus Cleveland last month, Cabrera went 4-4 with two long balls and three RBIs. Arguably his best game of the season came against Kansas City in July as well, as Miguel went crazy, he went 5-6 with two doubles and a lifetime best 6 RBIs.
So far this season Miguel has boosted his statline the last month, he now bats .298 with 20 home runs and 82 RBIs (4th in AL - 8th in MLB).
Miggy beat out Aubrey Huff, Torii Hunter, Justin Morneau and Grady Sizemore to win A.L. Player of the Month honors.
Expect Cabrera to keep this hot streak up because after the Chicago White Sox series the Tigers play the Athletics, Blue Jays and the Orioles.