Asdrubal heating up, among league leaders

Asdrubal heating up, among league leaders

HOUSTON -- Cleveland shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera is beginning to pile up some impressive numbers again this season.

Cabrera entered Sunday's series finale in Houston hitting .304 in June. He has hit safely in 20 of his last 23 games (27-for-90) with four homers and 14 RBIs. He has homered in four of his last seven games and three of his last four, including his ninth homer of the season Saturday. He's on pace to hit 21 homers.

"This is who he should be right here," manager Manny Acta said. "I think everything last year was blown out of proportion because he took the world by storm by hitting 25 homers and driving in 90-something runs. He hit .300 here before.

"This is the type of player he's going to be. He's going to hit double-digits in home runs, whether it's going to be in the 10s or the 20s depends on the year. He's going to drive in runs and he should be able to have a .360 on-base percentage. He's even better than that right now and solid defensively."

In addition, Cabrera is 13th in the league in hitting with a .300 average, one of just 13 players hitting .300 or better, and also ranks sixth with a .385 on-base percentage. Cabrera is second with a .375 average with runners on base. He leads American League shortstops in batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage.

"That's the type of player he is," Acta said. "He's having a very good season. Last year, he was everywhere just because of all the home runs he was hitting. It's not only chicks that dig the long ball -- men, too. That's how he got so popular last year."