Nine home runs doesn’t seem like much this far into the season, especially with young guns like Aaron Judge and Cody Bellinger going yard every time you blink. So naturally, there’s been some doubt over whether Cabrera will reach the level his fans are accustomed to seeing.
This is especially true considering he was hitting .133 over his last eight games with only one home run. The long ball was a long time coming.
Maybe the homers won’t fully return, but it’s worth looking at some of his peripheral stats to ease suspicions. No batter in baseball has made soft contact less often in 2017 than Cabrera (7.4 percent), while only five batters are making hard contact at a better clip.
Basically, there’s still a lot to like. Don’t be shocked if more videos like this one appear throughout the second half of the season.