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Miguel Cabrera May be the AL MVP, But He Wasn’t So Valuable During Game 5 of the ALCS (GIF)

by: Esteban On  Friday, October 18, 2013

cabrera runs through stop sign

Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera had another fantastic season in 2013 that may very well end up earning him his second consecutive MVP award. The guy hit .348/.442/.636 with 44 home runs and 137 runs batted in. He is without a doubt the most valuable offensive player (if you wanna bring defense into the equation then Mike Trout is a candidate).

Unfortunately for Miggy and the Tigers, the slugger has been playing through some serious pain this postseason.  And on Thursday night, he was most definitely not the most valuable player on the field at Comerica Park during Game 5 of the American League Championship Series against the Red Sox. Cabrera did hit an RBI single in the fifth that got the Tigers on the board. However, he also struck out, hit into a double play, committed a costly error at third during the Red Sox’s three-run second, and, worst of all, ran through the stop sign at third base and got gunned out by a mile at home plate to end the Tigers’ rally in the first.

That play at the plate may have been more painful to watch than it was for Cabrera to play. Take a look:

miguel cabrera runs through stop sign game 5 alcs 2013

And by the way, the Red Sox won the game 4-3. If the Tigers had scored a couple of runs in the first, that might have changed the entire tenor of the game.

Hopefully, for his sake, Cabrera redeems himself in Boston on Saturday.




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