How good is Miguel Cabrera? Aside from winning the first Triple Crown in generations last year and damn near doing it again this season, Cabrera is playing hurt and still dominating. He played most of the second half of the season with nagging injuries that severely limited his ability to play defense and run. However, his offense has not struggled. And he has even managed to set a postseason record.
According to Jason Beck of MLB.com, Cabrera reached base last night in his 28th-consecutive postseason game. That breaks a record set by Chase Utley and puts Cabrera in sole possession for most consecutive games reaching base in the postseason. Small(er) sample size aside, this is no small feat. The pressure generally associated with the playoffs doesn't often lead to players stepping up. More often, we hear about players crumbling under the pressure.
In Cabrera's case, both the pressure of playing through injury and playing in the postseason have not phased him. He is hitting just .250 in the ALDS, but he could break out at any second. With him constantly reaching base, Cabrera is at least keeping the Tigers alive.
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