Originally Posted by Bumstead
What makes you think I have never seen it? I also don't see Cabrera performing dramatically worse on the field. So, let's say we ignore intangibles, since you already are: Who has stepped it up in the 2nd half when the playoffs are on the line and which player has retreated to being "human" in the 2nd half? There are more factors than just the one's you are using. I have a different perspective and I think it is fair.
PS: I'm not going to start a separate Hamilton vs Trout argument as I don't see the point over arguing who finishes 2nd. Nobody cares who finishes 2nd.
While I do think games in the second half are a tad more important because there is less time to make up for it, games in the first half still count and on the entire season, the offensive (non base running) contributions for Cabrera are still only a very small amount better and that is only because he has had a few more trips to the plate. On a per PA appearance, Trout is a slightly better hitter (OPS+ says he is better).
As for the rest of their games, you seem to be ignoring them. Only if one looks at pure hitting stats and disregards defense and base running, has Cabrera been something better than Mike Trout in the second half here. When I look at everything that each guy brings to the game, Trout is bringing more. By quite a bit. That is just how good he has been.
As for what makes me think you haven't seen that Cabrera is some leader is that I am guessing you aren't a Detroit Tigers beat writer or worker who is in the clubhouse every day. Maybe I am wrong, but the odds are on my side.