Posts Tagged ‘Asdrubal Cabrera’

Keys to the Game: Indians Vs Tigers, August 19, 2011

August 19, 2011

Only 1.5 games back of the Detroit Tigers for first place in the AL Central, the Cleveland Indians look to gain ground in the division during a critical three game series this weekend at Comerica Park.  While both of tonight’s starting pitchers appear to have similar statistics in 2011, with a Strikeout/BB ratio of 4.05, Cleveland’s Josh Tomlin (12-5, 3.97 ERA) has much more command over the strike zone than Detroit’s Max Scherzer (12-7, 4.37 ERA), who has a lowly Strikeout/BB ratio of 2.89.

ERs Allowed (Blue), Strikeouts (Orange) & Walks (Green)

Tonight’s game, this series, and even the race for the AL Central pennant could hinge on the production of each team’s Cabrera.  Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera has more RBIs, Hits, HRs and a 147-point higher OPS than Cleveland’s Asdrubal Cabrera this season.

RBIs (Blue), Hits (Orange) & HRs (Green)

However, Asdrubal has batted in nine runs during his current eight-game hitting streak and his hot bat could help propel the Indians to first place in the AL Central for the first time July 18th.

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Slipping

August 2, 2011

The Boston Red Sox may have the best record in the American League, but following last night’s loss against the Cleveland Indians, the team is close to slipping to second place in the AL East. The Red Sox are currently only one game ahead of the Yankees. Asdrubal Cabrera of the Indians has proven to be an obstacle in the Red Sox’s way. Cabrera has helped the Indians win five of the seven games against the Red Sox; he has gone 10 for 27 with 11 RBIs. Take a look at how the teams match-up.

How far out of first place do you think the Red Sox are going to fall this week???

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An All-Star Popularity Contest

July 5, 2011

Popularity over performance. Unfortunately for some baseball players, winning the support of America proved difficult. Case in point: Derek Jeter. We all know Derek Jeter is popular (especially amongst the ladies and the Bobblehead distributors), but is he deserving of the starting shortstop spot on the AL roster? Absolutely not. Jeter has been struggling the latter part of this season. In comparison, shortstops Asdrubal Cabrera of the Indians and Jhonny Peralta of the Tigers have both put up better offensive numbers. Who else do you think got slighted this season?

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