Will Miguel Cabrera wear the Triple Crown?
Miguel Cabrera heads into the season's final day with the lead in all three Triple Crown categories, and an excellent chance of becoming the first player to complete the sweep since 1967, when the Red Sox' Carl Yastrzemski did so. The feat has been accomplished 15 times in baseball history, two of them in the 19th century and two more before 1920, when RBIs became an official statistic. Since then, just nine men have won the Triple Crown a total of 11 times (Rogers Hornsby and Ted Williams repeated the feat). While it's not the supreme measure of offensive prowess that it was once thought to be — on-base percentage and slugging percentage both correlate better with scoring than batting average does, and RBIs are team-dependent — its connection to baseball history is tough to beat considering the names involved. Here are the 20th century winners, all Hall of Famers:
|1942||AL||Ted Williams||Red Sox||.356||36||137|
|1947||AL||Ted Williams||Red Sox||.343||32||114|
|1967||AL||Carl Yastrzemski||Red Sox||.326||44||121|
With an 11-RBI lead over Josh Hamilton (139-128), Cabrera won't be surpassed in that category, but he is vulnerable on the home run front, leading 44-43 against a player who has three multi-homer games this season (including a record-tying four-homer game on May 8) and seven in his career. The Rangers' slugger has been held in check by the A's this year, hitting three homers to go with a .250/.307/.441 line in 18 games; those homers came against Tommy Milone, Jordan Norberto and Dan Straily; he is 1-for-3 without a homer against the afternoon's starter, A.J. Griffin. Cabrera has delivered a flurry of singles against the Royals this year en route to a .324/.347/.412 line in 17 games; his lone one homer against them came against Bruce Chen on Monday night. He did homer off Monday night's starter, Luis Mendoza, back in 2010.Mike Trout Angels Joe Mauer Twins Blue Jays