And while the rest of Detroit's AL foes are quickly learning it is too early to write off the Tigers, the same can be also said about Miguel Cabrera.
After several erratic early-season spells with his bat, the 25-year-old Cabrera has emerged to become a key part of Detroit's offensive attack. For his efforts, he was named the Bank of America Presents the American League Player of the Week for the period ending July 27.
Last week, Cabrera hit safely in each of his six games, which included four multi-hit efforts, with a Major League-leading 13 RBIs.
When all was said and done, Cabrera finished with .464 average and a .571 slugging percentage -- including three doubles -- to notch his second weekly honor this season.
The Venezuelan native's recent offensive firestorm has come as no surprise to Tigers manager Jim Leyland, who expressed his pleasure for Cabrera following July 8's multi-home run game, his first as Tiger.
"He stepped up, obviously," Leyland said of Cabrera. "We're seeing more and more of what we know we've got. Lately, he's been coming up big."
The skipper's words have held up throughout July, particularly in the Tigers past few series.
On July 21, Cabrera matched a career high for hits by going 5-for-6 with two doubles and six RBIs in the 19-4 win over Central rival Kansas City.
He finished the three-game series with a .500 average and 10 RBIs, and was a driving force in the Tigers' decisive sweep.
"When Magglio [Ordoñez] and Cabrera lock in," Leyland said, "they can be RBI machines."
The duo have tattooed opposing pitching in the past week, as Ordonez (.591 average, .818 slugging percentage, two doubles, one homer and eight RBIs) was among those nominated for the weekly award.
White Sox outfielder Jermaine Dye (.450, 1.050, three doubles, three homers and seven RBIs), Yankees third basemen Alex Rodriguez (.500, .818, four doubles, one homer and six RBIs) and Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester (2-0, 1.26 ERA and 14 strikeouts) also earned nominations.
In the wake of his hot streak, Cabrera is now batting .294 on the season, with 17 home runs and 74 RBIs.
For the second time this season, the slugger will be presented with a luxury Swiss Tourneau timepiece in recognition of his achievement. He previously shared the award with Boston's Manny Ramirez on April 21.
Brittany Ghiroli is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.