Let's face it. If Cabrera were healthy, most would believe that the Tigers would have a great shot to get to the World Series a second straight year and even possibly win it this time.

But now, it's hard to imagine them being the favorites out of the AL without their big gun fully loaded.

"I don't like to be a favorite," Cabrera said. "In baseball, as you saw (Saturday) night, you don't know what's going to happen until the last out.

"Anything can go bad. So we just have to go out there and play baseball. I don't think this is going to be a distraction for us. We know what we have on our ball club and we'll be ready to play."

The question still remains: Will Cabrera be ready?