After a somewhat quiet AL Division Series, Cabrera erupted to hit .400 in the ALCS, capping it with two home runs in Saturday night's 15-5 Game 6 loss to the Rangers.
Cabrera's achievements in Detroit's season-ending game put him in the record books. His first-inning homer off Rangers starter Derek Holland tied the all-time record for an LCS hitting streak to open a career. That blast marked the slugger's 13th straight LCS game with a hit, dating to the 2003 National League Championship Series with the Florida Marlins against the Chicago Cubs.
"He's a manchild," catcher Alex Avila said. "That's why he hits in the middle of our lineup. He's been a great player for a long time. He's one of the most amazing talents I've ever seen."
|Miguel Cabrera||13||2003 NLCS Game 1 - Present|
|Greg Luzinski||13||1976 ALCS Game 1 - 1980 ALCS Game 1|
|Roberto Alomar||11||1991 ALCS Game 1 - 1992 ALCS Game 6|
|Orlando Cabrera||10||2004 ALCS Game 1 - 2005 ALCS Game 3|
|Mark Grace||10||1989 ALCS Game 2 - 2001 NLCS Game 5|
|Todd Zeile||10||1996 NLCS Game 1 - 2000 NLCS Game 5|
|Ryne Sandberg||10||1984 NLCS Game 1 - 1989 NLCS Game 5|
|Ozzie Smith||10||1982 NLCS Game 1 - 1987 NLCS Game 1|
Cabrera shares the all-time record with Greg Luzinski. An outfielder and designated hitter who played from 1970 through 1984, Luzinski hit safely in 13 career LCS games beginning with the 1976 NLCS, when he was playing for the Philadelphia Phillies against the Cincinnati Reds.
"What can you say about him?" Cabrera's teammate Justin Verlander said. "He's the best hitter in baseball, I think. He showed it on the biggest stage."
Cabrera, who won his first batting title this season with a .344 average, also belted an eighth-inning homer off right-hander Mike Adams.
"I was seeing it good," Cabrera said. "I was feeling good. I was ready to go out there and play and do my job."
Cabrera's solo homers gave him 10 RBIs in the postseason, setting a new club record. It was appropriate, considering Cabrera carried the offense for much of the series.
"He's carried us every year," Avila said. "He's what makes the offense go."
Cabrera turned in Saturday's performance with an injured right shoulder, suffered during a Game 4 collision at the plate with Rangers catcher Mike Napoli, the slugger said after the game.
"They said it was something where I landed with my shoulder into the catcher," Cabrera said. "It was all muscle."
Cabrera said he doesn't think the injury, which affected him mostly while throwing, is serious, but he still plans to get it checked out.
"I have to talk to a doctor," Cabrera said. "They take good care of me with treatment. They did a good job."
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Bailey Stephens is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.