in the words of John Kruk, “he’s just better than everybody else”.
Miggy started today’s game the way he ended yesterday’s. He took the first pitch he saw from Royals’ starter, Bruce Chen, and deposited it over the left field wall for his 40th home run of the season. Miggy’s blast gave the Tigers a 2-0 lead and the Tigers never looked back. MIggy drove in another run with a single in the 3rd and finished the day 2-3, with a homer and 3 RBIs.
Here’s an animated GIF of Miggy’s 40th courtesy of the Bless You Boys Blog at SBNATION.
After today’s game, Miggy is hitting .360, has 120 RBIs, and 40 home runs.
A bit over shadowed my Miggy’s performance was Max Scherzer. Max picked up his 18th win of the season. He pitched 8 innings allowed 2 earned, struck out 4 and didn’t give up a walk. He and Roger Clemens are the only pitchers since 1919 to pick up 18 wins in their first 19 decisions. He should be the runaway winner of this year’s Cy Young award.
Miggy was intentionally walked in the 5th. The thing I’m wondering is, how long will any team continue to pitch to Cabrera? I know if I was an opposing manager, I would pitch to him rarely especially while Prince Fielder isn’t hitting as well as his track record shows. Additionally, teams really can’t pitch around Miggy, via the unintentional intentional walk, because he’s proved time and again that he can and will expand his strike zone and do major damage.
Tigers fans, you are seeing on a regular basis, the best hitter in baseball, and probably one of the best of all time.
Behind Miggy and Scherzer, the Tigers took the rubber game of this 5 game series and welcome the Twins to Comerica Park this Tuesday.
Update: Cleveland Indians second baseman, Jason Kipnis, tweeted this after the game, “Dear Miggy… You’re making the rest of us look bad.. Knock it off! – MLB Hitters”. Hat Tip to Sark for pointing out the Kipnis tweet. I’ve retweeted it and it can be seen on the right side of this page.
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