Cabrera’s Triple Crown chase at a glance – Sept. 25
Miguel Cabrera was one of the rare Tigers with tremendous numbers off Bruce Chen heading into Wednesday, but he ended up hitless Tuesday, going 0-for-3 to end his 14-game hitting streak. Instead, he won a critical game for the Tigers with his glove, reaching high to rob Salvador Perez of at least an RBI single and maybe more.
Here’s the latest look at where Cabrera stands in his quest for the first batting Triple Crown in 45 years:
Batting average: .329 (1st)
What was an eight-point lead for Cabrera over Mike Trout coming into Tuesday is down to three points over Joe Mauer (.326), whose 3-for-4 performance against the Yankees raised his average four points. He’s batting close to .400 for the month, well better than Trout, and looks more and more like Cabrera’s next great threat if Cabrera retakes the home-run lead.
Home runs: 42 (2nd) – Hamilton leads with 43
The good news for Cabrera is that neither Adam Dunn nor Edwin Encarnacion homered on Tuesday, so Cabrera is still on his own in second, one behind Josh Hamilton. The bad news is that he has gone four games homerless, his longest drought since Sept. 7-10 in Anaheim and Chicago. Cabrera hit a line drive to the left-field warning track, but into the glove of left fielder Alex Gordon.
Runs batted in: 133 (1st)
Again, nothing from Cabrera, but nothing either from Josh Hamilton, who remains nine back.
Up next: Cabrera is 7-for-19 with two home runs lifetime off Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie, his opponent for Wednesday.