Stat Line Of The Night — 10/3/12 — Miguel Cabrera
Miguel Cabrera didn’t exactly end his 2012 MLB campaign with a strong night at the plate, but this isn’t about what Cabrera was able to accomplish during last night’s game against the Kansas City Royals. Instead, it is about what the Detroit Tigers’ third baseman was able to do throughout the course of this historic season.
Despite going 0-for-2 at the plate during the Tigers’ 1-0 victory over the Royals before being pulled from the game by manager Jim Leyland, Cabrera was still able to finish the season with a .330 batting average, 44 home runs and 139 RBIs. Those numbers were enough to place him at the top of the American League in each of those statistical categories, thus, earning him the MLB’s first Triple Crown since Boston’s Carl Yastrzemski did it back in 1967.
Cabrera easily finished atop the AL in RBIs, with 11 more than the Rangers’ John Hamilton, but when it came to his home run total and batting average, things were much more interesting down the stretch, as he beat out Hamilton by just one homer, while finishing just four points ahead of the Angels’ Mike Trout in the AL batting average race. As a result, he accomplished a feat that few believed was possible during this day and age, and that is enough to earn him “The Stat Line of the Night” for Wednesday, October 3, 2012.