The Stat Line of the Night – 7/20/10 – Miguel Cabrera
The triple crown in baseball has not been achieved in so many years that it has almost become an unreachable goal. Year in and year out there are candidates early in the season, but by August they have flamed out. This year may be different. Miguel Cabrera is swinging the hottest bat in baseball and it looks like he has a shot at the AL triple crown. He would be the first winner of the triple crown in either league since Carl Yastrzemski won it in 1967.
Although Cabrera’s Detroit Tigers lost to the Rangers yesterday night, he continued to swing a great bat. He was 3-6 with 2 home runs. One of those came in the 3rd inning and the other in the 5th. He had 3 RBIs and 2 runs and even drew a walk. The game was tied after 9 innings however and the Tigers could not score a single run in the next 5 innings, eventually losing 8-6.
Cabrera’s quest for a triple crown became a bit more real last night, as he crept to within 1 home run of the home run lead. He now sits 3rd in batting average, 2nd in home runs, and 1st in RBIs. Those stats don’t just apply to the AL, however. He is on pace to win the triple crown in all of major league baseball. Unfortunately all the individual honors in the world have not helped his Tiger slow down the streaking White Sox, who currently hold a 2.5 game lead in the AL Central. For now, Cabrera has won “The Stat Line of the Night”, but his ultimate goal of winning the triple crown and possibly the division are still months away.