Why is it difficult for Miguel Cabrera to hit home runs today?

Miguel Cabrera celebrated the 504th home run of his MLB career on Friday, which allowed him to tie Eddie Murray for 27th all-time in the major leagues.

It was just the second home run this season for the Venezuelan of the Detroit Tigers, who over the years has seen his power at the plate diminish.

Another Miggy Milestone.@MiguelCabrera ties Eddie Murray for 27th on the all-time @MLB home runs list with No. 504! pic.twitter.com/XwinMvIAMN

– Detroit Tigers (@tigers) May 14, 2022

At 39 years old, Cabrera is playing his 20th season in the majors. But the passage of time is not the only culprit that he has already had five consecutive harvests without being able to connect at least 20 blows.

The last time the Venezuelan added an important home run was in 2016, when he closed the campaign with 38 homers. Since then, injuries to his back, biceps tendon and knees have weighed heavily on him and prompted him to make adjustments.

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In 2017, he flew the fence 16 times, in 2018 he was only in 38 games due to physical problems that caused him to miss the season (he had three home runs), in 2019 he hit 12 homers, he added 10 in the shortened 2020 campaign and last year got 15.

Among the adjustments that Cabrera had to make is the change in his swing. The ailment in his knees is chronic and in order to continue playing the Detroit star he was forced to make changes at the plate, sacrificing power and looking for more contact.

By 2022, he was projected to be around 15 home runs and it remains to be seen if he stays healthy and can meet the estimate.