Monday, July 20, 2009

Damning Evidence About Miguel Cabrera's Ineffectiveness

There are two ways of looking at Miguel Cabrera. One is he ranks third in the American League with a sparkling .324 batting average. The other is his lack of run production is embarrassing.
There are 51 players in the major leagues with more RBI than Cabrera. Among them, former Tigers farm hand Cody Ross. He also has fewer RBI than such non-notables as Kendry Morales, Ben Zobrist, Yunel Escobar, Casey Blake, Pablo Sandoval and Shin-Soo Choo.
Cabrera's lack of clutch hitting on the road, where the Tigers have struggled mightily, has been especially alarming.
Cabrera is hitless in his last 16 at bats on the road with runners in scoring position. He is just 1-for-27 since May 25 on the road with runners in scoring position. That one hit did not produce a run.
The last time Cabrera produced an RBI with runners in scoring position on the road was a two-run double in the ninth inning at Kansas City on May 25. The Tigers led 11-1 at the time.

Random Thoughts

- Although the signing of Chris Wilcox makes the Pistons a better team, they are still lacking a real strong presence inside. The big question remains: Can Joe Dumars move Richard Hamilton to improve the Pistons inside game? A deal may be coming, but it might not transpire until after the season starts. That might not be all bad. It would give Dumars and coach John Kuester a chance to see if the unexpected stellar play from the Pistons' draft picks this summer was for real.

- Tom Watson has always been an excellent ball striker, even with advanced age. His problems came with putting. He lost his touch sooner than most. That's what made it so surprising he nearly pulled off a near-miracle in the British Open. Ben Hogan, Sam Snead, Arnold Palmer - they all hit the ball very well into their 50s - Snead into his 60s. All the got the "yipes" around the green, though.

My column in Monday's Oakland Press about Michigan football transfers and Rich Rodriguez's program:



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pat, I can't help but think that the low obp of both Granderson and Polanco and struggling offense overall has something to do with Cabrera's lower rbi totals. Add to that the really part time player as Thames is and a ineffective Magglio and he is also being pitched around to a degree.

1:00 PM 
Blogger maddog52 said...

I tell you what it is a shame that the tigers lost this series. We in my mind showed that we could compete with the Yankees come playoff time. However, with no offense its tough. Granderson had a triple , but after that what did he do? Polonco what happened to those consistent singles is he a #2 anymore? Like you said Cabrera you got guys in position you need to knock them in. Those week groundouts and or Strike outs don't help. I think the Josh Anderson experiement has run its course.. Bottom line is Verlander and Jackson were clearly pissed and they had every right to be.. A bat will be huge at this point..

Chris Wilcox.. YEAH!!! Joe needs to make a move it's obvious, but I think the Pistons fans need to brace themselves for a break from the front of the pack... Cause we may compete for a 7 or 8 seed, but we don't have enough to beat Boston or Cleveland...

1:31 PM 
Blogger BrownstownMom said...

I would think Cabrera's numbers would be better if he had someone stronger batting around him. In fact, I would put Magglio fourth. How much worse can it get. Like a blind squirrel finding a nut and the thought that it could inspire confidence. Thames runs hot and cold. I would also move Granderson lower, and start Anderson or Thomas in the first spot.

And if the past weekend isn't an indication that we need a big bat and forget about the bullpen help, I will apply for Dombrowski's job. And make that a big left bat. Anyone notice how Texeria picked up after ARod returned.
And I'm sure pitching would be even better if there were run support.

Finally, I think Zumaya got the Leyland brush-off. No matter what he says, Leyland left him out there long enough to hang 'em and to show that Zumaya needs to be gone. Much like the way he handled Andrew Miller and Dmitri Young.

3:58 PM 
Blogger Barry said...

Pat, having nobody to protect him is very bothersome. He is a player that needs protection. If you were a pitcher would you pitch to Cabrera?
I think he has to be patient and wait for his pitch or take his base. His 387 obp is cool. I do not think there is anyone really out there before the trade deadline that can help. I hope the Tigers sell the farm and get the Jay's star. Tigers will have pitch and good defense to get the division.

4:03 PM 
Blogger Fred Brill said...

While it was hard to take a sweep by the Yankees, the Tigers did well - French Verland and Jacksons outings were quality. The bull pen did well to hold us with reach in all three games - the bats just can not come from behind lately. They can take a lead, but they cant play catch up anymore - and that helped a great deal in the early season. I don't know what it takes to get bats that can come from behind except a sports psychologist. It's the same pitcher you hit in the early innings - why cant you hit him later?

Tom Watson - So close - I still want to count it a miracle - do any of you have an in with the Pope? - lets get it done. I could hear his heart crash with that final putt on 18 to force playoff - he deserved it.

I wonder how Stuart Cink feels about it? His first major and whole world mad at him for winning it - bummer spot to be in eh what?

5:14 PM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

To me, that's an excuse. They aren't pitching around him. He just has 32 walks.

3:25 AM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

They struggled with the Yankees in 06 and beat them in the playoffs. I'm sure if the Yankees are that good. Angels and Boston better.

3:27 AM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

I don't see where that hinders his overall production. Leyland is protective of young players. They must earn his trust.

3:28 AM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

There will be a few bit parts out there at the deadline the Tigers can use. Named a couole of them in my updated blog for Tuesday.

3:30 AM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

Fred Brill,
The whole world was rooting for Watson. You're right - it was still a miracle. Man. how much nicer would it have been if Watson won.

3:32 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Thank you for calling out Cabrera. I'm sick of these excuses that he has "no protection". People always compare him to Albert Pujols, and there is no comparison at this point. Albert doesn't have any "protection" either, and he is a serious Triple Crown candidate this season along with being one of the best hitters of this generation. I like him a lot, and it was still a great trade, but Miggy just isn't getting it done.


1:31 PM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

Suffice to say, Miggy is capable of doing better.

4:26 PM 

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