Thus, a year after winning the first Triple Crown in 45 years, Cabrera is essentially back at it.
If he doesn't pull out of this spiral, and in a hurry, the Tigers will be left with no practical choice but to return Avila, 26, to Triple A Toledo for a head-clearing stint that might put him back on track.
Tigers' Miguel Cabrera has work to do to become one of Detroit's all-time greats
Detroit Free Press, Jamie Samuelsen
There's little doubt that we're watching a once in a generation player in Cabrera. But there are a few factors that may stand in his way to becoming the 'greatest athlete in Detroit history.'
A New Low for Miguel Cabrera
FanGraphs Baseball, Jeff Sullivan
Sunday night, the Rangers hosted the Tigers in a matchup between two of the American League’s better teams.
What We Learned From the Tigers Losing Three of Four in Texas
The Daily Fungo, Ian Casselberry
While the Detroit Tigers’ four-game visit to Rangers Ballpark in Arlington wasn’t disastrous, it seems fair to say that it could have gone better.
Around the AL Central:
It's a good thing the Indians got some hits in the first inning.
Elsewhere in baseball:
Overthinking It: The Pitches No Zone Can Contain
Baseball Prospectus, Ben Lindbergh
The pitches pitchers don't throw for strikes, to try to get strikes.
Organizational droughts: second base
Baseball Nation, Grant Brisbee
Here's the third installment of organizational droughts, in which we look for the last homegrown star developed by each team at every position.
Ned Yost: ‘There is no third baseman tree’
Big League Stew, David Brown
In sticking up for one of his struggling players over the weekend, Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost introduced a neoclassical term to the world.