The Tigers, locked in a battle with the White Sox for the American League Central, desperately need all the production they can get down the stretch.
They've received plenty from third baseman Miguel Cabrera, who on Monday was named the American League Player of the Week, his sixth such honor since joining Detroit in 2008, and second this season.
Cabrera batted .407 (11-for-27) over his team's last six games through Sunday, adding two doubles, three home runs, seven RBIs and seven runs scored. He led the Majors with 22 total bases in that span.
The All-Star slugger posted a pair of three-hit games last week. One came on Wednesday to lift the Tigers to an 8-6 win over the White Sox. The other, paired with three RBIs, came on Sunday in a 7-6 loss to the Indians that snapped a four-game winning streak. Cabrera also went 2-for-4 and made a run-saving defensive play in Friday's win against Cleveland.
Entering Monday afternoon's game against Chicago, the 29-year-old was leading the AL with a .330 batting average and was in the top five in on-base percentage (.394), slugging percentage (.598), home runs (38) and RBIs (123).
"I would be shocked if he's not the MVP," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said on Monday. "It would blow my mind. But I don't have any vote. But I don't want to tick the guys off that do vote, so I don't want to get into it.
"If he's not the MVP, I would be shocked."
Andrew Simon is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.