ANAHEIM -- Miguel Cabrera and Mike Trout, two of the game's brightest stars, face off this week in a crucial series between two playoff contenders currently on the outside looking in.
Cabrera and Trout enter the series in a virtual tie in batting average (.330) as they duke it out for the American League MVP award. With a lot of buzz surrounding both players entering the series, the two hitters will take center stage with a chance to bolster their cases for the award.
The Tigers slugger overtook Trout for the OPS lead a few days ago and he is hitting .368 over the past 10 games. He homered on Wednesday against the Indians and he opened up September batting 6-for-16 with seven RBIs after winning AL Player of the Month in August.
He is fourth in the AL in homers with 35, second in RBIs with 116 and fourth in runs with 89 as he makes a case for AL MVP honors.
His toughest competition comes from Trout. The pair rank toward the top in most offensive categories.
The rookie outfielder leads the AL with 108 runs, 44 stolen bases and he has 24 homers and 75 RBIs. The phenom didn't even make his debut until April 28, which gave Cabrera an extra month on him this season.
Cabrera's MVP-case was aided the last time the teams faced each other. Trout was held to just an infield single through three games in Detroit at the end of August and he'll face much of the same pitching this series.