There are some hitters to whom you can throw the first pitch with the knowledge that the opposing hitter probably is going to let it go.
Miguel Cabrera is not one of those hitters.
Miguel Cabrera vs 1st Pitch
Cabrera now has a major league-best 11 home runs on the first pitch of an at-bat this season. The 11 homers ties a career high set in 2005.
Cabrera swings at the first pitch 42 percent of the time, the fifth-highest rate for any of those hitters qualifying for the batting title this season.
Cabrera tied both Yogi Berra and Carlos Lee for 80th on baseball’s all-time homer list with his 358th career homer.
Berra once said, it ain’t over 'till it’s over, and Cabrera’s Triple Crown quest is far from over. He’s 36 points up in the batting race, in a back-and-forth duel with Chris Davis for the RBI lead (he has an 111-110 edge now), and trails Davis by six home runs.
Cabrera has homered in four straight games, tying a career high, accomplished in both 2004 and earlier in 2013.
Cabrera and Davis are the only two players with a pair of streaks of four straight games with a homer this season.