Fielder, Cabrera grace new cover of Sports Illustrated
Summary of 2 articles · Updated Jun 12, 2013
Both were established stars long before coming to Detroit but since joining forces prior to last season, Fielder and Cabrera have become baseball’s best 1-2 punch, which makes it only fitting that the sluggers appear together on the cover of this week’s Sports Illustrated. Part of what makes Fielder and Cabrera so devastating for opponents, writes Michael Rosenberg, is that they almost never take a day off. Cabrera, who last year won the AL MVP and became the first player in 45 years to win the Triple Crown, is having another spectacular season. However, if we expand our view to include baserunning and fielding, two clear weaks spots in Cabrera’s and Fielder’s game, as well as pitchers and use Baseball-References total-value wins above replacement , we get the following list of the most valable all-around duos in baseball so far in 2013. 1. With those two powering an offense that leads the AL in batting average and ranks second in runs, the Tigers have a 5 1/2 game lead in the AL Central, the biggest advantage in the league as they chase their third consecutive division title and second straight pennant.