Thursday, November 03, 2011

Detroit Tigers Miguel Cabrera and Jhonny Peralta should have won Silver Slugger Awards - this is why

Good for Alex Avila, but Miguel Cabrera and Jhonny Peralta both also deserved Silver Slugger Awards. Last I looked, the Red Sox faded down the stretch and the Tigers won their division convincingly. A main reason: Miguel Cabrera did his best work in 2011 when it mattered most - and Adrian Gonzalez, who won the Silver Slugger at first base, didn't. Cabrera won the batting title, as well. In the second half of the season, Gonzalez had 10 home runs and 40 RBI. His power dropped off dramatically against left-handed pitching. He had just 11 extra base hits in 243 at bats against lefties - including only three home runs - this season. Cabrera is just a better all-around hitter - period.
As for Peralta, ultimately, he had a better season offensively than Cleveland shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera. He had a much higher batting average and better OPS. Cabrera hit just .244 in the second half of the season as his Indians dropped swiftly from the division race.
It's the coaches and managers who vote on this award. Amazing how they didn't get it right.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow- I just looked up Cabrera and Adrian's stats and I can't believe how much better Cabrera's are!! More doubles, homers, walks, less strikeouts, better average, obp, slg, ops and most of it wasn't even close! How did he not win?

12:03 PM 
Anonymous woody said...

i agree. my guess is that the voting may have occurred too early, and that first impressions (i.e. Gonzalez' strong first half) stuck with people.

probably said this before, but i remember people questioning Peralta's outlook for 2011 because he couldn't buy a hit in spring training.

one of the big mistakes Twins made in the offseason was letting JJ Hardy go. his offensive production ranked with Peralta and Cabrera. who knew he had 30 HR power?

4:43 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is all rear-view mirror stuff. Shouldn't we be talking about Michigan basketball instead?!

7:25 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And Cabrera did it in a much bigger ballpark too.

He lost cause of east coast bias and people overrating RBIs. Gonzalez gets so many more chances to get RBIs because his teammates in front of him actually get on base.

9:58 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If youre smarter than all the coaches and managers, Theo Epstein is looking for a guy like you.The team might not be so hot but youll love the paycheck. Have a good time in Chicago.

2:20 AM 

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