Posted June 12, 2013

Tigers’ Prince Fielder and Miguel Cabrera on June 17 cover of Sports Illustrated

Detroit Tigers, Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder, Sports Illustrated cover
Prince Fielder and Miguel Cabrera, Tigers

Prince Fielder (left) and Miguel Cabrera are hoping to lead the Tigers back to the World Series. (Robert Seale/Sports Illustrated)

Ruth and Gehrig. Mays and McCovey. Ortiz and Ramirez. To the list of great hitting duos in baseball history we can now add one more: Prince Fielder and Miguel Cabrera of the Tigers. Both were established stars long before coming to Detroit but since joining forces prior to last season, Fielder and Cabrera have become baseball’s best 1-2 punch, which makes it only fitting that the sluggers appear together on the cover of this week’s Sports Illustrated.

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Part of what makes Fielder and Cabrera so devastating for opponents, writes Michael Rosenberg, is that they almost never take a day off. Fielder is in the midst of a consecutive games streak that is at 406 and counting entering Wednesday night. Cabrera, likewise, has not missed a game all season. “You write those two names down every night, you feel pretty good,” Tigers manager Jim Leyland says in the piece.

Cabrera, who last year won the AL MVP and became the first player in 45 years to win the Triple Crown, is having another spectacular season. He leads the major leagues in batting average (.363), on-base percentage (.451), RBIs (69), hits (91) and total bases (162) while also topping the American League in runs (51) and walks (38).

GALLERY: The Cabrera-Fielder SI Shoot

Batting cleanup behind Cabrera, Fielder, is hitting .282 with 12 home runs and 51 RBIs and is a good bet to make his fifth All-Star team.

With those two powering an offense that leads the AL in batting average and ranks second in runs, the Tigers have a 5 1/2 game lead in the AL Central, the biggest advantage in the league as they chase their third consecutive division title and second straight pennant.

GALLERY: Classic Photos of Miguel Cabrera

14 comments
PhilWinch
PhilWinch

Encarnacion/Bautista ahead of them by three HRs this year, and behind by 5 last year when Bautista only played 92 games.  I'd take the Toronto duo as top combination in MLB.

6marK6
6marK6

Cabrera might be the greatest hitter ever

Richard74
Richard74

Prince Fielder is slugging <.500. A good hitter, but maybe we should hold off on the comparisons to all-time great power hitters.

Michael10
Michael10

"Bash Bros"? That's the best SI could do--recycle a Canseco/McGwire nickname from 1988? How about something more fitting? Heavy Hitters? Triple Crown and Triple Cheese? Or how about:

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touseyd
touseyd

Detroit Sucks thats why we swept them in the WS.... Go Giants!!!

drummer1944
drummer1944

i love my  tigers have been since 1950 hopelly well go againto the world series but get rid of that piece of crap papa grande like any other fan he scares the hell out of me go tigers go.

Tony32
Tony32

Give me a break!  They are 5 1/2 games ahead of their division.  Went to the World Series last year...favored to go again this year...have the best starting pitching in the majors...one of the best offenses in the majors...and that's not good enough?  You want the manager fired?  Leyland can't doing anything about a lousy bullpen blowing some games. Why not just sit back and enjoy the ride?  It's only June and you want them to be double digits ahead of the rest of the division...how easy we forget a few years ago when they lost 113 games that we would settle for above .500. Now we want to fire the manager if we're not 500 games ahead of everyone!

m39
m39

The heartbreaking reality, day-to-day, for Tigers fans is that these two play every day plus there is a pitching staff that recorded the third-highest monthly strikeout total in AL history during May. Yet the team went 14-14. Blame Manager Jim Leyland.

VernWhite
VernWhite

@drummer1944 have been a Tiger fan for all of my life and like you grande has been anything but!!!! I don't know why they brought him back, every time I see him in the game,I think to myself here is another game the Tigers will lose. I wish that Jose Valverde would learn how to do what he is hired to do and that is close a game and no give it away.

Michael10
Michael10

@Tony32 St. Louis has the best starting pitching in the majors. I read an article about it...or maybe it was fifty articles.

touseyd
touseyd

@trobbins88 @touseyd Ha! LMAO! Tigers will be at home in Oct. everyone knows the Giants strength is the pitching staff and well heat up again come september and roll through the playoffs for another championship!!!

trobbins88
trobbins88

@touseyd @trobbins88 Tigers staff is already heated up...the tigers WILL be home in Oct, with the trophy in hand...thanks for playing!