|2014 Season (CBSSports.com)||610.00||11.00||.285||59.00||74.00||8.00|
|Games Played By Position|
|vs Cleveland||5||4||0|| .800|| .800|| .800|
|vs Cobb (Career)||6||1||0|| .167||.167||.167|
|vs RHP||56||19||2|| .362|| .500|| .339|
|Last 10 Games|
|Manager not surprised by Melky Cabrera's hot start |
|by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com|
(4/10/14) Blue Jays manager John Gibbons told MLB Network Radio Thursday that he's not surprised by outfielder Melky Cabrera's hot start. Cabrera is batting .325 with four home runs through nine games.
"The swing looks like it always has," Gibbons said. "He had his off field issues, but one thing he can always do is hit."
|Melky Cabrera should produce, even if homers trail off |
|by Al Melchior | Data Analyst|
(4/9/14) With home runs in four straight games, Melky Cabrera is quickly quieting down his skeptics. There is still good reason to doubt Cabrera as a potential 30-homer threat, but that doesn't mean he can't provide enough power to help owners in virtually any Fantasy format.
Cabrera doesn't hit all that many flyballs; in fact, he has launched only seven through his first eight games. He has managed to clout three of those for home runs (along with one of his nine line drives), and clearly, he can't keep that pace going. Cabrera showed moderate home run power in his breakout 2011 and 2012 seasons with the Royals and Giants, respectively, and 21 of his 29 homers from that period occurred away from his pitcher-friendly home parks.
So Cabrera has shown that, in a good power-hitting environment like the Blue Jays' Rogers Centre, he has the potential for 20-to-25 home runs. More important, he is showing that his extra-base power has returned, now that he has recovered from surgery to remove a spinal tumor. Prior to his recent home run streak, owners could have had reasonable concerns that a post-PED Melky would have depleted power, but that's a harder claim to buy into now. Cabrera's home run pace is surely due to slow down, but he could return to the 40-doubles club, even though he has yet to hit one this season.
Cabrera's doubles power and low strikeout rate make him valuable in points leagues, while hitting in front of Colby Rasmus, Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion provide him with run-scoring opportunities that give him Rotisserie value. Toss in 20-plus home runs, and suddenly, Cabrera looks like a must-own option again.
|Melky Cabrera swats third homer in as many days |
|by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com|
(4/6/14) Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera launched his third home run in as many games on Sunday against the Yankees.
Cabrera took starter CC Sabathia deep for a solo home run in the opening frame. He finished 1 for 5 with one run and one RBI in a 6-4 defeat. He has a hit in each of his first seven games, slashing .323/.323/.613 with three homers and three RBI in 31 at-bats.
|Melky Cabrera moves into leadoff spot for Blue Jays |
|by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com|
(4/1/14) With Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes (hamstring) on the disabled list, outfielder Melky Cabrera moved into the leadoff spot Tuesday against the Rays.
In 126 career games hitting leadoff, Cabrera is batting .279 with a .348 on-base percentage and .729 OPS. He hit leadoff 37 times last season, batting .293 with a .337 on-base percentage and .731 OPS.
|Report: Melky Cabrera in good shape heading into 2014 |
|by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com|
(2/20/14) Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera is in good shape as he recovers from surgery late last season to remove a tumor on his spine, according to the National Post, which is further reporting that John Gibbons expects him to return to full health and form in 2014.
Cabrera was a major disappointment in his first season with the Jays in 2013. His batting average not only dropped from his 2012 high of .346 to .279, but he managed just three home runs and 30 RBI and lost 50 games to a PED suspension.
|As many of his owners feared, the Melky Cabrera from 2010 showed up and deflated the hopes of plenty of Fantasy teams. Cabrera hit three home runs and stole two bases, while batting .279 in his first season back from a 50-game PED suspension. Granted, he only played 88 games, battling knee issues and having his season cut short in August with an ankle injury. Then things went from bad to worse, as doctors discovered a benign tumor on Cabrera's spine in September. While it explains some of the issues he had -- it was pushing on nerves and causing weakness in his legs, and Cabrera revealed his back had been bothering him all season after the surgery -- it's never a good sign to find something so serious on a 28-year-old. Cabrera will likely never return to his lofty 2011 and 2012 performances, but he may end up being a bit of a bargain later in drafts this year, especially if it really was the tumor that caused his performance to dip. He's a risk as a bench option in Head-to-Head points formats and worth fifth outfielder speculation in Roto leagues.
(Updated 1/2/14) |
|Upcoming 7 Games|
|4/19/14||@ CLE||1:05 pm||Corey Kluber|
|4/20/14||@ CLE||1:05 pm||Carlos Carrasco|
|4/22/14||BAL||7:07 pm||Miguel Gonzalez|
|4/23/14||BAL||7:07 pm||Chris Tillman|
|4/24/14||BAL||7:07 pm||Bud Norris|
|4/25/14||BOS||7:07 pm||Jake Peavy|
|4/26/14||BOS||1:07 pm||Clay Buchholz|