Miguel Cabrera's historic RBI pace
May, 5, 2013
By Buster Olney | ESPN.com
Leon Halip/Getty ImagesMiguel Cabrera is off to a fantastic start for the Detroit Tigers this season.SAN FRANCISCO -- Let's get this out of the way: Yes, five weeks of a Major League Baseball season is a small sample size. But also remember that teams have been promoting and demoting dozens of players for weeks based on those small samples, because the talent evaluators are gauging what they expect the players to do. Because they believe that sometimes small samples become big samples of more of the same.
Roughly 20 percent of the season has been played, and some of the early-season trajectories are being established at record-challenging levels. When we say a player or a team is on pace to do something extraordinary, well, that almost always doesn't hold its course.
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