DETROIT -- He wasn't voted in as an All-Star Game starter, and -- with Justin Verlander also around -- he may not be the best player on his own team. But third baseman Miguel Cabrera is quietly putting together an MVP-caliber season.
Cabrera is among the league's elite in almost all offensive categories. His 106 hits and 68 RBIs both entered Thursday's games ranked as second most in the Majors, and he was also the only Major Leaguer with 100-plus hits and 60-plus RBIs. His .323 batting average was ranked sixth in the American League, he was fifth in doubles, sixth in slugging percentage, seventh in on-base percentage and ninth in on-base plus slugging.
The only thing that is slightly lacking is home runs. But after a 3-for-3, two-home run performance Wednesday against the Twins, he's closing in on the AL's top-10 in that category as well -- he entered Thursday 12th.
One of those homers Wednesday was on a pitch below the knees, which Cabrera struck for what appeared to be a deep line drive. But the ball sailed into the shrubs in center field for the 29-year-old's third bomb to center at Comerica Park this year.
"Well, he's just a little bit different, needless to say," manager Jim Leyland said. "He's awful special. You just don't find guys that can hit balls like that. I mean, that was actually a line drive he hit out to center field. That wasn't one of those towering, high fly balls. That was actually a line drive. There's not many people that can do that. He's a little bit different."
Catcher Alex Avila echoed the skipper's statements.
"I've seen Miguel do things that are just ... not humanly possible for a baseball player, and he seems to do it, and every single day, every single year," Avila told Fox Sports Detroit after the game. "It's pretty unbelievable."