Miguel Cabrera’s thoughts on his Triple Crown last year are very simple.

“That already happened” he says.

Well yes but…

“That already happened” Cabrera says again.

There is no time to dwell on the past now. That can happen maybe when he is done playing. Cabrera feels that he must remain zeroed in on the present.

“I just focus on what I can do at the right time” Cabrera says. “I try to do my job.”

With that singular focus Cabrera is not only doing his job he is doing it even better than he did in a season when he became the first player to lead his league in batting average home runs and RBI since Carl Yastrzemski of the 1967 Boston Red Sox. With 30 games left in the season Cabrera is hitting .357 with 43 homers and 130 RBI. Last year he hit .330 with 44 homers and 139 RBI. All that is standing between Cabrera and an unprecedented second straight Triple Crown is Chris Davis of the Baltimore Orioles who leads the American League with 46 home runs. Cabrera trailed Davis by seven homers at the All-Star break 37-30 and has erased more than half of that deficit. The race is on.

“It’s pretty hard to say that he’s better than he was last year but he might be” says Tigers pitcher Rick Porcello. “He’s unbelievable. I mean he won the Triple Crown last year and he’s putting up bigger numbers this year. I don’t know how he does it but it’s pretty fun to watch.”