The typical season for Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera goes like this: He puts up MVP numbers. Then he doesn't win the MVP.
The most-valuable-player award always eludes Cabrera, 29, who has never won it despite being one of the game's best hitters for years. That trend may continue this season. Entering Thursday, Cabrera led the majors with 240 total bases and 87 RBIs, to go with his .323 batting average and 26 home runs. Nonetheless, Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout arguably has even better statistics—plus significantly more hype—meaning Cabrera could fall short once again.