After winning the Triple Crown in 2012, Miguel Cabrera was even better for much of this season. Toward the end, though, a number of nagging problems began to add up.
On Aug. 20, Cabrera aggravated a strain in his groin, abdominal and hip area. He kept playing, never going on the disabled list, but his numbers finally dipped a bit. At the end of an Aug. 26 game against Oakland, Cabrera was hitting .359 with 43 homers and 130 RBIs. Since then, he's hit .284 with only two extra-base hits in 25 games.
The Tigers were in control in the AL Central throughout September, so they didn't need Cabrera at full speed. They could use a healthier version of him now, heading into the division series against the Athletics.